TOKYO – Volkswagen AG may be struggling in Europe and counting on China for much of its sales growth, but it is doing well in Japan’s depressed market and determined to do better. Golf models account for 40% of VW's annual sales in Japan. For the third year in a row, VW expects to hold a solid first place in imported car sales here, well ahead of Mercedes-Benz and BMW AG. But the auto maker’s ambitions stretch far beyond the niche import market to head-to-head competition with ...

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