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Honda To Resume Full North American Auto Production In August
Small Cars Earning Better Marks in Crash Safety Ratings
GM to Make Chevy Impala at Detroit-Hamtramck, Add 2,500 Jobs
Obama to Visit Chrysler Plant in Ohio
Car Dealerships Hit with Hail Damage During Storm
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Honda To Resume Full North American Auto Production In August
The Wall Street Journal

DAYTON, Ohio -- Honda Motor Co. will return its North American auto production to normal levels for all but one vehicle in August, faster than the company expected, the company said in a statement Thursday. Honda, Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. have all limited their production this year because of the massive March 11 earthquake that damaged dozens of parts suppliers, particularly electronics makers. Unfortunately for Honda, the lone car built in North America that won't return to full production in August is the redesigned Civic. Production of the vehicle will remain at 50% of projected volume because of limited supplies of parts and return to normal sometime in the fall, the company said.

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Small Cars Earning Better Marks in Crash Safety Ratings
The Detroit News

Once derided as unsafe "tin cans" or "econoboxes," small cars are getting a lot safer. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says six of 13 small cars recently tested won its "Top Safety Pick" award — and none earned a "poor" rating in any of four tests. The top picks include the 2012 Ford Focus and Honda Civic, and the 2011 Hyundai Elantra, Lexus CT 200h hybrid, Nissan Juke and Toyota Prius. "The list of cars with the best fuel economy now includes those with the highest crash test ratings in their class, too," said David Zuby, the institute's chief research officer. "At a time of high gasoline prices, consumers have never had a bigger selection of small cars that earn Top Safety Pick."

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GM to Make Chevy Impala at Detroit-Hamtramck, Add 2,500 Jobs
Automotive News

DETROIT -- General Motors said [Wednesday] it will build the next-generation Chevrolet Impala at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, adding 2,500 jobs. In April 2010, GM said it would invest $121 million in the plant to support Malibu production. The Detroit-Hamtramck factory also makes the Chevrolet Volt. GM said last week that it plans to ramp up Volt production to 60,000 next year, from an earlier plan to produce 45,000. "We're doing this because we're confident in consumer demand for the great vehicles we're going to be building here," GM North America President Mark Reuss told workers at the plant.

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Obama to Visit Chrysler Plant in Ohio
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will visit a Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio, next week to discuss the car maker's repayment of a federal loan that saved the company from financial disaster two years ago. The White House says Obama will visit the auto plant on June 3. Chrysler announced Tuesday the repayment of $5.9 billion in U.S. loans and $1.7 billion in loans from the governments of Canada and Ontario.

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Car Dealerships Hit with Hail Damage During Storm
KSDK

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. -- In south St. Louis County, tennis ball sized hail fell during the peak of the storm. At Weiss Toyota/Scion of South County, they're assessing the damage to their cars. About 200 cars were hit, with enough force to break glass. The hail shattered sunroofs and back windshields on several cars. It also caused lots of dents. They say there were actually two waves of hail, the first just some small stones, but the second had some pieces nearly the size of tennis balls. And it was those that cause the real damage.

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"The light at the end of the tunnel is glowing brighter for us."

    -- John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., on the company's announcement Thursday that it will return North American auto production to normal levels in August, The Wall Street Journal, May 26

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