Typically, war has a chilling effect on new car and truck sales. But in the Middle East, where U.S. military has occupied Iraq for the past 12 months, the world’s No.1 car maker finds itself on a solid growth track. “We continued to grow our volume in the Middle East (in 2003),” says Maureen Kempston Darkes, president of General Motors’ Latin America, Africa, Middle East region. “We see the Middle East as a growth opportunity for us.” GM’s sales remain a modest 70,000 units annually. ...

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