DEARBORN, MI – Ford may see a rise in its U.S. market share should a shortage of Japanese vehicles escalate, but the auto maker’s top analyst says that is by no means a sure thing. In the first quarter, Ford’s U.S. market penetration fell to 16.0%, down 0.5% from like-2010. The auto maker repeatedly has said profitable growth, not higher market share, is its objective. But the vehicle shortage resulting from Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami that crippled some auto makers and ...

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