TOKYO — Even in the era of merger mania, it is a bit odd to see the Chief Operating Officer of General Motors Corp. in the Toyota Motor Corp. booth saying nice things about the Japanese automaker. Yet that's exactly what happened at the Tokyo Motor Show last October. GM COO G. Richard Wagoner, Jr. was there in front of a throng of Japanese reporters (and their American and European counterparts) to outline the progress of the two automakers' six-month-old collaborative effort to develop ...

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