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Jan. 8, 2005; Kae Inoue writing for Bloomberg reported that Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. are aiming to sell more pickup trucks, sport- utility vehicles and so-called crossovers in the U.S. this year to increase their shares of the world's largest vehicle market.

Toyota, the world's largest carmaker by market value, will unveil its Lexus RX330 sport-utility vehicle and at least four other models next week at Detroit's North American International Auto Show. Nissan will unveil a prototype of its Infiniti Kuraza sport-utility while Honda unveils its Ridgeline light truck, the carmakers said.

``Japan's automakers will probably keep expanding their U.S. market share because their new models won't disappoint,'' said Naohiko Sasaki, who helps manage the equivalent of $3.5 billion in Japanese equities as co-head of investments at Kokusai Asset Management Co. in Tokyo.

North America contributes up to 80 percent of operating profits every year for Japan's three largest carmakers. The larger vehicles they sell in the U.S. are roomier, come with more powerful engines and are designed to appeal to the preferences of U.S. drivers.

Japanese carmakers together grabbed a record 30.5 percent of the 2004 U.S. vehicle market, up 1.5 point from 2003, according to New Jersey-based Autodata.

They are gaining at the expense of General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler unit, whose combined market share fell 1.5 percentage point to 58.7 percent, Autodata said.

Source: Auto channel
We'll be seeing more big cars from the Japanese auto makers.
 

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Fuck man, we dont need more suv's, what they need to do is make their cars slightly bigger so bigger people can fit in them.
 

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AlTrOnX said:
Fuck man, we dont need more suv's, what they need to do is make their cars slightly bigger so bigger people can fit in them.
well those beer companies, junk food companies and those "soft drinks companies need to make money too u know... if no one gonna buy them, then everyone is not so big and healthy.
 

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AlTrOnX said:
Fuck man, we dont need more suv's, what they need to do is make their cars slightly bigger so bigger people can fit in them.
Who in the hell wants to ride in a cramped up car. I feel cramped in my Accord.
 

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When i said bigger people, i didnt mean fatter people, i meant tall people. Im 6'1 and cant even fit in an integra cause my knees hit the steering wheel. I was just saying make the cabin to accompany taller people, because there are taller people in america.
 

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When i said bigger people, i didnt mean fatter people, i meant tall people. Im 6'1 and cant even fit in an integra cause my knees hit the steering wheel. I was just saying make the cabin to accompany taller people, because there are taller people in america.
yea, but the majority of americans are growing wider, not taller. thats the problem.
 

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ya i know and thats americas fault for being fat as funk, but its not our fault for being taller than japanese people. :rolleyes. I would just like to be able to fit my knees into certain cars, thats all :D
 
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