There has been no shortage of headlines summing up the mayhem reshaping the U.S. auto market as the ’06 model year draws to a close. “Chrysler Turnaround Falters as Unsold Gas Guzzlers Fill Lots,” was one of hundreds in late September signaling a dramatic marketplace shift. Fullsize pickup trucks, as well as fullsize and midsize SUVs, the longstanding profit engines and market-share placeholders for domestic auto makers, are at extreme risk after changing consumer tastes, a summer of ...

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