It was a landmark year for Toyota Motor Corp. in 2003, in more ways than one. A furor arose early on when press reports had Japan's largest auto maker surging ahead of Ford Motor Co. in 2003 global sales to the coveted No.2 spot among the world's producers, a position it occupied only for a short time. The bubble burst when analysts delved deeper in the two auto makers' year-end reporting differences. Including its U.S. Lexus division, Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd. small-car and Hino Motors ...

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