Europe’s economic troubles and the soaring yen may be bad news for Germany and Japan, but they are turning into a windfall for the Southern U.S. states, where Japanese and German auto makers are cranking up production of cars and trucks like never before. WardsAuto forecasts the South’s share of U.S. light-vehicle production will top 40% for the first time ever in 2013, driven by increases at Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes-Benz as well as Korean and Detroit-based ...

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