DETROIT — An intriguing display at the recent Global Powertrain Congress 2000 here had powertrain engineers discussing a new-century spin on an industrial-revolution antique: the steam engine. Those with experience in the powertrain business know that once or twice every decade, someone revives the prospect of the steam engine for modern passenger vehicles. And once or twice every decade, the steam-engine promoters quietly go away, usually scrutinized by questions concerning overall ...

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