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

Feel the Power of the Industry

A Look at Japan's Smaller Automakers and Their Differing Paths
Three Japanese rivals operate in the United States, but from very different positions.

Data from ACSI Shows Imports Eclipse the Big Three in Quality
After years of quality improvement, United States car companies have fallen back into old habits according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

Honda Comes Out Swinging in Fuel Economy Battle
The Honda Accord Hybrid topped the fuel economy segment with a 50mpg city rating, matching the Ford Fusion for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) combined fuel economy.

Sales Forecasts and Reports

A Look at Product Plans for Mitsubishi Through 2017
Mitsubishi looks to revive its presence in the United States and patch some holes in its lineup.

Subaru Sees Increase in Sales
Thanks to the Impreza and Forrester, Subaru has seen a massive increase in sales.

Japanese Automakers Set Pace as August Volume Surges 17 Percent
Honda Motor Co. sales rose 27 percent, Toyota Motor Corp. volume jumped 23 percent, and Nissan Motor Co. advanced 22 percent from the same time last year.

Innovations and Developing Stories

Toyota Pulls Cover Off Yaris Hybrid-R Concept
Toyota debuted its Yaris Hybrid-R concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Mazda to Unveil Mazda3 Compact
The Japanese automaker is set to unveil the Mazda3 compact at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Nissan Makes a Bold, Risky Move
Carlos Ghosn's pledge that Nissan will have self-driving vehicles ready for sale by 2020 challenges his employees and galvanizes a young and promising technology.