General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. are going head to head in a beleaguered battle for the midsize sport/utility vehicle (SUV) segment. At stake are high volumes of important all-new '02 vehicles for the world's two largest carmakers. The simultaneous launch of Ford Explorer and Chevy TrailBlazer is unique in an industry that strategically staggers important launches. But it also is shaping up to be a battle of the beleaguered: with Explorer trying to distance itself from the Firestone ...

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