A political dispute in 2012 between China and Japan over a group of islands in the East China Sea dealt a beating to sales of Japanese cars as Chinese consumers decided to back their government's stance with a boycott. It got so bad that Japanese automakers cut production by up to 50 percent, Audi had to distance itself from a dealer who posed with a banner reading "We must exterminate the Japanese," and competitors like General Motors, Volkswagen and Ford were expected to improve market share b
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