TOKYO – Europe is becoming a happier hunting ground for Japanese auto makers. “It's been a difficult year overall for the automotive industry, reflecting the state of the European economy, but the Japanese have been doing quite well," says A.N.R. Millington, director general of the Tokyo office of the European Automobile Manufacturers Assn. In the year’s first nine months, overall vehicle sales in Europe were off 1.5%. Most major auto makers suffered declines, such as the 3.4% dip for ...

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