It was the year of big money for top executives in the auto industry — Chrysler Corp. top brass got millions of dollars from the automaker's sale to Daimler-Benz AG, and Ford Motor Co.'s retiring chairman Alex Trotman took home $69 million — and the trend didn't miss General Motors Corp. In a turbulent year marked by labor strife, a substantial drop in company earnings and numerous moves aimed at making the world's largest automaker more efficient, GM Chairman John F. Smith Jr.'s total ...

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