DETROIT – It seems like it's the same headline every year from the “Harbour Report”: Asian auto makers are the most efficient producers in North America, but Detroit's Big Three are “closing the gap.” That is the story again this year from the closely watched annual study of automotive manufacturing productivity, with Toyota Motor Corp. leading the top-six North American producers in productivity this year, followed in lockstep by Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. But 2007 ...

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