TOKYO – In a year when Japanese auto makers virtually printed money, the Subaru brand barely held its own in a domestic market dominated by such nameplates as Toyota, Nissan and Honda. The irony is if Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.’s car division were anywhere else but Japan, its financial results would be noted by industry analysts and media alike. Subaru sales in fiscal 2007 grew to a record ¥1.57 trillion ($14.7 billion), 7.7% ahead of the previous year. Although operating income fell ...

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