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Japan's carmakers wrong-footed by America's love for big autos

Toyota, Honda and Nissan shift gears in production for the all-important US market

Japanese automakers like Toyota plan to boost production of light trucks as passenger car sales fall.

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Japanese automakers have been left behind in an American market awash in cheap crude oil, with sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks crowding out the fuel-efficient cars in which the likes of Toyota Motor and Honda Motor have excelled.

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