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Toyota's Doubled-Edged Triumph


By Brian Bremner

You'd think top executives at Toyota (TM) would be giving each other high-fives these days. Its biggest global competitors -- General Motors (GM), Ford (F), and DaimlerChrysler (DCX) -- are in grim shape, locked in tough labor talks and burdened by massive pension obligations. Meanwhile, Toyota and other Japanese automakers continue to gain market share in the U.S.

In August, Toyota overtook DaimlerChrysler as the No. 3 in terms of sales. The Japanese carmaker boasts a waterfront of great models, from the fabled Camry sedan to the Lexus LX 470, an SUV. It has a promising Gen Y compact car called the Scion that's creating a lot of talk in the industry, an


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