TOKYO — As the Japanese auto industry struggles to redefine and reposition itself for the 21st century, there is a subtle but significant shift taking place in the research strategies of the country’s leading automakers. Toyota Motor Corp., given its enormous profitability and size, is the only Japanese automaker that will attempt to cover all technological fields in-house — from fuel cells and common-rail injection systems to telematics and advanced safety prevention devices. Honda Motor ...

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