TOKYO — For better or for worse, the marriage of Daimler-Benz AG and Chrysler Corp. in Japan appears to be working. Rainer Jahn, president of DaimlerChrysler Japan Holding Ltd., says that Mercedes has been the No.1 automotive import here for the last two years, with sales of 53,239 vehicles in 1999 — 19.6% of total import sales of 271,436. “We were clearly the import locomotive last year,” he says. Chrysler brands, however, have been almost irrelevant in the Japanese market, with total ...

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