Mitsubishi Motors Corp., until recently Japan's fourth-largest vehicle maker, now is on a ¥496 billion ($4.5 billion) life-support system. Industry experts in Tokyo figure the company's survival likely depends on how long Mitsubishi Group companies, the source of most the financial backing so far, are willing and able to prop up the automotive arm. (See related story: New Mitsubishi Scandal Results in More Cost Cuts) Japanese car buyers, rapidly losing their taste for Mitsubishi cars, ...

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