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Toyota's Camry had been losing U.S. market share in a big way, but that suddenly changed in August. Photo credit: Toyota

Toyota's (NYSE:TM) Camry has been the best-selling car in America for a while now, but 2013 hasn't been its year. Through the first half of the year, Camry sales were actually down almost 3%. Fresh rivals from Ford (NYSE:F), Honda (NYSE:HMC), and Nissan (NASDAQOTH:NSANY) looked to be eating Toyota's lunch.

But suddenly in August, Camry sales were up almost 22%. What changed? The answer turns out to be pretty simple: Toyota resorted to one of the oldest tricks in the auto business. In this video, Motley Fool contributor John Rosevear looks at Toyota's new determination to "defend" the Camry -- and at what that's likely to mean for Ford and Toyota's other rivals.

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