NEW YORK — Toshiaki Taguchi doesn't mince words about the space North America occupies in the pie chart of Japan's leading vehicle maker: more than one-third and rising. In fact, Taguchi, president of Toyota Motor North America, says, “The U.S. and Canadian markets not only fit into Toyota's past, present and future but are crucially important to our global operations, with total annual sales now almost equal to those in Japan.” The balance has shifted dramatically in the last 10 years. ...

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