Asia/Pacific auto makers in early 2001 were looking to the future with cautious optimism, aware that things could get worse before they got better. Ripple effects from a prolonged Japanese recession coupled with aftershocks from the regional economic crash kicked off in Thailand in July 1997 had much of Asia climbing out of a deep hole. (view related data: Automakers' Addresses) Then came the fallout from the Sept. 11 terrorist assault on the U.S., and the region began bracing for a ...

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