DETROIT -- At last October’s Tokyo Motor Show, Rolf Eckrodt new Mitsubishi Motors Corp. chief operating officer, just shy of a year on the job, took the stage to the strains of the Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour.” The musical selection is one indication that the beleaguered automaker may possess a touch of self-awareness, not to mention a working sense of humor. Indeed, Mitsubishi has been on a bit of a magical mystery tour. The song, however, raises the question of whether the odyssey ...

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