TOKYO – The latest bold gamble by hard-charging Toyota Motor Corp. appears to be paying off in this mature domestic market, of all places. Sales of the Lexus luxury brand, officially introduced here Aug. 30, are cruising ahead of schedule with more than 9,000 vehicles ordered in September and October. (See related story: Lexus Set to Go Live in Japan) Such success suggests the auto maker has been able to persuade well-heeled Japanese to pay a premium price for models previously badged as ...

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