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Four for the Automotive Hall of Fame
Mini Acura NSX Back on the Table
The High Cost of Building Autos
Subaru Continues to Break Away From The Pack
The Beginning of the End of Driving
Hyundai Plans Fuel-Cell Tucson
Audi Crosslane: A Hybrid Mongrel That Leans Electric
Charging Ahead on an Electric Highway
One Big Step for Tesla, One Giant Leap for E.V.ís
Soft Sales Crimp Outlook for Electric Cars
Cash Flows Are Critical for Tesla
Why Your Car Isnít Electric
For Some Drivers, an Electric Motorcycle Could Be the Best of Both Worlds
In the Catskills, Coming Up Aces in a Vehicular Poker Game
Electric Motorcycles in Search of a Market
Between Auto Show and Showroom, a Supercarís Mettle Is Tested
G.M. Plans a Software Patch to Address Stalling Chevrolet Volts
Questions Linger on Battery Prices in Electric Cars
Prospects for R8 E-tron Darken, as Audi Shifts Focus to Plug-in Hybrids
Hybrids and Electric Vehicles Do Well in Reliability Survey
A Hybrid Done Right, but Not Without Glitches
A Winning Ticket of Style and Handling
Price Is Major Factor for Electric Vehicles, Study Says
Inventor Says New Wireless E.V. Charger Is Safer and Cheaper
Subaru Continues to Break Away From The Pack
Subaru is the car company Saab always wanted to be: a niche automaker with a loyal, growing following. It relies on horizontally opposed four- and six-cylinder engines and all-wheel drive, save for the new rear-drive BRZ sports car. Its deal with Toyota, which bought 8.7 percent of parent Fuji Heavy Industries after GM dumped its 20 percent, goes a long way toward Subaru's sustained success in the U.S. and globally. Even before the BRZ was launched, Subaru was making a profit in all its regions.

Local production helps. With the Japanese yen running at historic highs against the U.S. dollar ($1 = 78.32 yen at presstime, versus $1 = 146.25 yen on January 2, 1990), selling cars built in Japan is a costly business. Back in February, we asked, "How long can Japan's niche brands survive?" Nine months later, the picture is a bit clearer. For the first half of 2012 versus the first half of '11, U.S. industry sales were up by 15 percent. Add another month of sales, and you have these year-to-date changes for the little four through July:

Subaru: 189,487/+23.2%
The only automaker that didn't lose sales in 2009-'10 is on track for another record. Full-year sales rose 1.2% last year, despite tsunami.

Mazda: 163,115/+13.9%
Near-average increase. Mazda needs North American production capacity for its new '6 and its best-seller Mazda3.

Mitsubishi : 37,067/-28.8%
Company says the decrease is deliberate with brooming of Eclipse, Galant to concentrate on C-segment and electrics. Best-selling Outlander Sport is built in Normal, Illinois.

Suzuki: 15,260 /-3.7%
The next Isuzu? BMW's X3 outsold the entire Suzuki lineup in the first seven months of 2012. Swift B-car never will be imported so long as Suzuki has no North American production.

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Wheelies: The Global Domination Edition
Fisker Automotive Lays Off Majority of Employees
Hybrid Drivers Wanted
Renault Shows Edgy Concept at Milan Furniture Fair
Gentle Treatment Yields Fuel Economy Rewards With Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Russia Skips Hybrids in Push for Cars Using Natural Gas
Wheelies: The Fantasy Electric Truck Edition
G.M. Enters the 3-Cylinder Engine Arms Race
The New Chevy Spark Will Offer A.C. or D.C. Charging
Wheelies: The Chrysler Cacciatore Edition
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How to Charge Millions of Electric Cars? Not All at Once
Venture Threatens to Backfire in Virginia Governorís Race
In Two-Way Charging, Electric Cars Begin to Earn Money From the Grid
Electric Cars Rally on Connecticutís Back Roads
Electric Car Maker Files for Bankruptcy Protection
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In a Plus for Electrics, Tesla Repays a Big Federal Loan Early
Wheelies: The Inexpensive E.V.ís Edition
Porscheís Entry in the Science Fair
Israeli Venture Meant to Serve Electric Cars Is Ending Its Run
Wheelies: The Happy German Worker Edition
Tips for Buying and Servicing a Used Hybrid Car
Behold the Latest in Trash Trucks and Police Three-Wheelers
Fallout From Failure of Battery Swap Plan
Holding Its Own vs. Nonhybrids
As BMW Is Put to the Test, Its Plans Are Years Ahead
More Than a Skateboard, Less Than a Car
Buzzing Around Paris in Borrowed Electric Cars
Fisker Hires G.M.ís Former Head of Marketing
Make Way for Kilowatts: A Growing-Up Year for Plug-Ins
Car Buyers Lack Interest in Electric Cars, Study Says
Ford Fusion Energi MPGe Hits Triple Digits, E.P.A. Says
Grid Problems Curb Indiaís Electric-Vehicle Appetite
Will 2013 Be the Year of the Electric Car?
Honda to Assemble 2014 Accord Hybrid in Ohio
The Fisker Karma With a V-8, Courtesy of Bob Lutz
Europeís Big Bet on EVs and Hybrids
Could Electric Vehicles Fly Out of Showrooms?
New York to Washington on About One Gallon of Gas
Any Engine You Like, but Only if Itís a Hybrid
Stalled Out on Teslaís Electric Highway
Doubting if Tomorrow Will Ever Come for Taxi
Compressing Gas for a Cheaper, Simpler Hybrid
Indiaís Only Electric Car Revamped to Woo Drivers
Companies Collaborate on E.V. Charging for All
Obama Seeks to Use Oil and Gas Money to Develop Alternative Fuel Cars
Audi Escapes the Hatch With the A3
At Mercedes, B Is for Battery
Infiniti QX60 Hybrid Pairs Style and Economy
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