While Toyota Motor Corp. just usurped Ford Motor Co. to become the No.2 best-selling auto maker in the U.S., it did so with one of its smallest annual increases in recent memory: a 3.1% gain. And rival American Honda Motor Co. Inc. also had a modest increase, up 2.8% in 2007. Although their volumes pale in comparison to Toyota and Honda’s, 2.620 million and 1.551 million units, respectively, it was the smaller Asian OEMs, such as Mazda North American Operations, Kia Motors America and ...

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