AUTOS: Detroit's Gamble to Get Rolling Again

More than any other device made by man, the automobile has shaped U.S. society, sparked its economy and tested its technology. Equally important, from the days of the migrating Okies in the 1930s through the leather-jacketed hot-rodders of the 1950s, the auto — and its use — has told much about American habits, values and problems. Today Americans are sharply scaling down their expectations. They are pulling in their purse strings. They are looking for more and more economy, utility and durability in the products that they buy. All of those trends...

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