Creating “Gotta have” products is the buzzword du jour, but there’s another constituency designers have to appeal to besides consumers if Detroit is to pull itself out of its current mess: the folks in manufacturing. Head-turning styling is key to developing products that consumers will buy without insisting $3,500 be put on the hood first, but if the U.S. Big Three don’t start putting more emphasis on designing vehicles that are as easy to build as they are good-looking, they will be ...

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