Detroit's Hot Pursuit

After years of focusing on SUVs, the Big Three are launching a fleet of new cars. We offer a preview

The big news out of Detroit this year: cars are cool again. As Ford Motor Co. puts it, this is "the year of the car." The Big Three's discovery of the automobile might seem odd at this point, but over the past 10 years, Detroit has focused much of its energy and money on SUVs and trucks, which command high prices and high profits and see less competition from imports. Carmaking has been a loser for Detroit lately, but with the foreigners now muscling into the SUV and truck markets while holding on to their car sales, the Americans have to...

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