This month's snapshot of industry news includes highlights from Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota. We hope you find the information useful.

The Automotive Landscape

Nissan Gives Customers a Break During U.S. Shutdown
Nissan is giving customers a break on loan payments during the U.S. government shutdown.

Honda Picks Good-Natured Fights with Snack Brands on Twitter 
To promote HondaVAC, an in-car vacuum available in some Honda Odyssey minivan models, the automaker had some fun on social media and fired broadsides at 15 different brands

Toyota Expects Long Future for Gasoline-Electric Hybrid Vehicles
Toyota Motor Corp. is committed to hybrid, gasoline-electric cars and doesn't believe there's a market to accept an all-electric product.

Getting Ahead

Subaru Heading for Record Year
Subaru expects to increase global production to help meet a four percent increase in sales.

The Long and Short of Mazda's Best-Selling Compact
Mazda aims to build on the best-selling Mazda3 with a leaner, more powerful and efficient third generation model in 2014.

The New Honda Accord Hybrid Grabs Buyer Attention
The new four-door Accord is the first sedan with an EPA 50 mile-per-gallon rating for city driving.

What the Future Holds

Mitsubishi Set to Unveil SUV Hybrids in Tokyo 
Mitsubishi is set to unveil three concept cars at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show on November 23.

Nissan Wins Grand Prix Award for Autonomous Technology
Nissan has won the Grand Prix in the CEATEC Innovation Awards for its Autonomous Drive technology. It's the first time the car manufacturer has won this award and the first time for an automaker to be given this accolade.

Subaru Working on Canine Seat Belts
Subaru teamed up with Center for Pet Safety to run a few tests on 11 pet safety seat belts currently on the market to find out which restraints could work for canines and humans alike.