DETROIT – Bankruptcies and plant closings may grab the headlines, and certain supplier surveys may suggest this is an awful time to be in the auto parts business. One automotive consulting firm begs to differ. A.T. Kearney, of Southfield, MI, releases its ninth annual Townsend study of the global auto industry, which evaluates the outlook for steel, oil and health-care costs, as well as the financial performance of 124 auto makers, suppliers and dealers in the light- and ...

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