TOCHIGI, Japan — Honda Motor Co. Ltd. has no qualms about doing even better business in the new millennium. Whatever happens to changing automotive tastes, the company plans to be ready. The game plan for survival as a small, independent automaker involves covering all bases and playing to its strengths in powerplant technologies. Robots are few and far between. Skilled workers are counted on to yield maximum cost efficiencies from minimal production runs. The plant runs two shifts, five ...

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