Pick one or all from this ala carte menu of explanations for why the ’03 model year should be fascinating – and tense. A stubbornly slow-to-recover economy. Lingering economic and societal effects from last year’s terrorist attack and recent corporate scandals. Domestic auto makers’ scanty passenger-car portfolio and an ongoing struggle for brand credibility. Looming repercussions from the industry’s twin crutches of gigantic rebates and low-rate financing. Although most forecasters and ...

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