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

Automotive Industry Updates

CEO Zack Hicks Explains Toyota Connected

In April, Toyota Connected was announced. The new company, according to the press release, is intended to “significantly expand…capabilities in the fields of data management and data services development.”

Toyota Connected CEO Zack Hicks explains how he wants to contextualize connected cars and give customers an escape from what he calls the “tyranny of technology.”

Subaru Announces 2017 BRZ Series. Yellow Special Edition

Subaru’s BRZ has just been updated for the 2017 model year with a new look, a small bump in power, and a more refined cabin.

But the rear-wheel-drive sports car also gets a special edition model, the Series.Yellow, which benefits from a flashy paint job and the BRZ’s top-shelf performance upgrades.

Honda Launches 2017 Accord Hybrid

America's best-selling midsize sedan bolsters its resume for 2016 with the arrival of the restyled and reengineered 2017 Accord Hybrid, America's most powerful and fuel-efficient midsize hybrid sedan.

Featuring an advanced second-generation two-motor hybrid powertrain, the 2017 Accord Hybrid delivers a knock-out combination of power, fuel efficiency, and standard high-tech feature content.

Mazda3 Global Production Reaches Five Million Units

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that the total production volume of the Mazda3 (known as Mazda Axela in Japan) reached five million units at the end of April 2016.

Nissan is Testing Bio-Ethanol for Hydrogen Powered Cars

Nissan Motor Co. is developing a system that will power cars such as the Nissan Leaf with electricity generated from bio-ethanol.

Along with generating electricity, the system will fuel hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Unlike conventional fuel-cell vehicles that use a special tank for hydrogen, Nissan’s system will utilize liquid fuel and a conventional tank.

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