It was supposed to be a sharply down year for many auto markets around the world, following two back-to-back years of record sales and in many cases record production. But 2001 didn’t quite work out that way, due in large part to a single day in September. A day that, to steal a quote from another era, would “live in infamy,” as the worst attack ever perpetrated on the U.S. Almost as soon as the smoke began to clear, U.S. auto makers rushed into the market with major incentive campaigns ...

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