The International Body Engineering Conference and Exposition, held last week at Detroit's Cobo Center, hosted a disappointing 500 attendees and 18 exhibitors, down from 1,100 attendees and more than 50 exhibitors last year. But the Society of Automotive Engineers has a three-year plan to boost attendance and make the event truly international. General Motors Corp. will host next year's event in Detroit, Renault SA will host the 2002 IBEC in France and a Japanese automaker, possibly ...

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