MELBOURNE - It is a 20-hour plane ride from Detroit, yet this coastal city seems strangely familiar. Maybe it's because this is Australia's own Motor City, albeit with a warmer climate, smoother roads and decidedly European feel. Melbourne, Victoria, is home to Holden Ltd., General Motors Corp.'s Australian unit; plus Ford Motor Co. of Australia Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corp. Australia Ltd. And just next door, by Oz standards, is the state of South Australia, where Mitsubishi Motors ...

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