Ford Motor Co. has more opportunities to narrow its fuel-economy disadvantage against Japanese auto makers than its U.S. Big Three competitors, a study by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) reveals. Dubbed “Can Proactive Fuel-Economy Strategies Help Mitigate Fuel-Price Risks?” the study looks ahead to the ’10 model year. Perhaps the most startling result is that the domestic auto makers could turn their losses into profits at the expense of foreign ...

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