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Reliable but unexciting.

That's been the knock on Japanese cars in the United States since, well, always. But Toyota, Honda and Nissan -- and their upscale offshoots -- are out to change that impression with several high-performance halo cars.

Acura will unleash its NSX sports car in the first half of 2015, and sources say a Honda-badged variant may follow.

Lexus' flagship LF-LC coupe concept has the green light. The 2+2 hybrid-powered coupe, likely to cost about $120,000 when it arrives in early 2017, will compete against the Mercedes-Benz SL.



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