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Japan's car makers rev up to face US competition

They are revamping lineups with greater focus on trucks and SUVs as American car sales are set to boom

Over the next year, Honda will introduce a brand new version of the Pilot, one of its most popular utility vehicles, as well as a new small utility vehicle, dubbed the HR-V, and a new version of the Ridgeline.


WITH car sales booming and the spring sales season about to get underway, Japanese and Korean carmakers are feeling the pressure from their resurgent American competitors.

But the Japanese carmakers, counting on the American market for profits, insist they welcome the