TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Detroit’s auto makers have become so dependent on incentives to move metal that a “brand premium” of $2,000 now exists between the Big Three and the Japanese auto makers. Sean McAlinden, director of the economics and business group for the Center for Automotive Research, says incentives for each new car sold in June averaged $2,591 for General Motors Corp., $2,515 for Chrysler Group and $2,376 for Ford Motor Co. Meanwhile, the Japanese transplants remain intent on ...

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