Auto makers are seriously eyeing all-wheel-drive as a feature that can both fill a void in buyer wants and improve profit margins. Four- and all-wheel drive already have been growing strongly. At the current rate of increase, vehicles sold with 4WD/AWD capability should hit 40% by the end of the decade. It could reach as high as 50% by the middle of the next decade, if the feature really catches on as a must-have with consumers, especially aging baby boomers. The 1990s surge ...

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