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Honda tops Consumer Reports scorecard

The Honda Fit. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)

Honda Motor Co. and several other Asian automakers scored high marks in a series of new studies and rankings of new cars by Consumer Reports magazine.

Ford Motor Co. was the only one of the Detroit Three to make it into the Top 10 in the publication’s automaker score card for 2011, released Monday. General Motors Co.  and Chrysler Group LLC placed 12th and 13th out of 13 carmakers ranked in the April issue of the magazine. Get the full story »

Honda recalls nearly 700,000 cars, including Fit

Honda Motor Co. said Thursday it will recall 693,497 vehicles worldwide due to faulty engine parts.

The Japanese car maker said the recall affects some models of the Fit compact, also known as the Jazz in some markets, the City small car and Freed compact minivan models sold in North America, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Get the full story »

Honda launches 70-mpg Fit to take on Toyota Prius

Honda presented its Fit Hybrid car in Tokyo Oct. 8, 2010. (Reuters/Issei Kato)

Honda Motor Co. said on Friday it would sell the hybrid version of its popular Fit subcompact for 1.59 million yen ($19,310) in Japan, making it the cheapest gasoline-electric car on the domestic market.

The company expects to sell about 5,600 units a month.

Competition in the hybrid segment is set to heat up as industry leader Toyota Motor Corp works to expand its line-up to meet growing demand for fuel-efficient cars from drivers around the world. Get the full story »

Nissan to build 4-door for Smart in U.S.

A sketch of the Nissan-built hatchback that Smart USA will start selling late next year.

Penske Automotive Group subsidiary Smart USA said Wednesday that it will begin selling a subcompact car in the United States in late 2011, the first vehicle for the U.S. market under an expanded Daimler AG and Nissan Motor Co. partnership.

Penske, in a filing with U.S. regulators, said development, engineering and tooling costs to bring the four-door hatchback to Smart’s U.S. dealers will cost $25 million. About $1.5 million of that will be in the just-completed third quarter’s expenses. Get the full story »

NHTSA probes Honda Fit over headlight issue

The government has opened an investigation into the subcompact Honda Fit after receiving complaints that the vehicle’s low-beam headlights stopped working. Get the full story »