DETROIT – Attendance at this year's Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit was disappointing. For the first time since 1993, fewer than 40,000 people attended the world's largest gathering of automotive engineers. This year's crowd of 37,233 was off a full 14% from the 2001 attendance of 43,301, which reflected a 12% drop from the prior year (49,249). The event had 1,000 exhibitors, down from 1,193 in 2001. Can SAE 2003 sustain another 12% drop in attendance and remain ...

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