To some industry observers, General Motors Corp. turned vehicle incentives into an addiction for consumers in September 2001, when the No.1 auto maker stepped up cash-back deals and cut-rate financing in an attempt to revive sales after the Sept. 11 attacks. On parts makers, there are two divergent impacts: They keep volumes up and supplier assembly lines running. Or, incentives have merely given auto makers a bigger hammer with which to pound suppliers for deeper price cuts. ...

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