Special Report: the Auto Industry: The Big Three Get in Gear

From Flint, Mich., to Fremont, Calif., from West Germany and Yugoslavia to Japan and South Korea, they roll off the assembly lines with daunting speed. Cars, cars and still more cars. Suddenly they are being turned out by more manufacturers in more locations than at any time in decades. In myriad shapes, sizes and colors, price tagged for all pocketbooks, in a glittering, growing, chromium-plated cavalcade seemingly without end, they continue to cruise into U.S. showrooms and, with slightly less frequency, back onto the streets of America. Under the impact of that four-wheeled flood, the $230 billion-a-year U.S. auto marketplace is...

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