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Feb. 01&;THE NATIONAL ECONOMY REMAINS SLUGGISH &; but don&;t tell the auto industry.

Toyota said net profit came to ¥99.9 billion, or $1.1 billion, in the three months through December, a 23.5 percent increase from a year earlier, when the effects of Japan’s tsunami disaster still weighed on its business.
Sales for the quarter climbed 26 percent from a year earlier to ¥16.2 trillion, helped by an almost 50 percent surge in sales of the company’s fuel-efficient vehicles in the United States. Meanwhile, cost reductions at an automaker already known for its lean production saved the company ¥320.0 billion during the quarter, Toyota said in a statement.

MONTREAL ? Four cylinders have replaced six in the new Land Rover Range Rover LR2 sport-utility vehicle.
That might seem a mistake in anything wearing a Land Rover badge. “Land Rover,” after all, is just another way of saying tough, rugged, go-anywhere. “Four-cylinder” usually translates to pavement wimp.
But times are changing, even for Land Rover, which is also perhaps the most luxury-oriented of SUV manufacturers. The turnabout is caused by government regulation and the profitable application of science.

Feb. 01&;Toyota, Ford and Honda ranked highest in a consumer survey of brand perception by Consumer Reports, and Tesla &; the Palo Alto-based maker of electric cars &; made the Top 10.

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