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To see the constant tension at automakers between sales volumes and profit margins, look no further than the current state of Toyota Motor Corp.

's Camry.

The Camry sedan has been the top-selling car in the United States for 11 years.

In February sales results announced last week, however, there was a shocker: Camry sales slumped 9.5 percent from a year earlier, the biggest drop in 16 months, knocking Toyota's sales growth to about half what analysts had estimated.

The rough month reflects rising competition for Toyota, which regained the title of world's largest automaker in 2012.


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