Struggling Back Into the Black Ford and Chrysler make some money for a change

Detroit finally had something to smile about. After 15 months of record- breaking losses that were included in last year's total of $7.5 billion for the U.S. auto industry, both Ford and Chrysler reported solid second-quarter earnings gains totaling $680 million. And the government of China put in an order to the U.S. Big Three for $130 million worth of utility trucks and minivans -- about what they sell during a full year in Japan.

^ Though Chrysler's hot-selling Viper muscle car ($50,000) and Grand Cherokee sports utility vehicle ($20,000) were on the market during part of the reporting period, these...

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