DETROIT – Prognosticators for Detroit’s auto makers are bullish on the prospects for the new year. Economists at General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group all predict U.S. auto sales will top 17 million units in 2004, a gain on 2003’s 16.6-million. Additionally, several global markets that have been in a malaise for the past few years are expected to shift into recovery mode during the year. Auto industry economists, such as GM’s Mustafa ...

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