Asian auto makers gained close to three percentage points of market share in the U.S. in 2008, rising to 45.2% from prior-year’s 42.3%. The market penetration matches their 2005-2006 results, Ward’s data shows, but falls 0.3 points short of the brands’ 45.5% share through September. Along with their domestic competitors, sales of Asian brands were impacted by record fuel prices during the summer, followed by the collapse of the financial sector and the ensuing consumer credit crunch, all ...

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