DETROIT -- Call it the tale of two economies and two auto makers. Simply put: Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. don’t have similar opinions about the U.S. economy. The former paints a pretty bleak picture while the latter is aggressively heading into 2002 and says economic essentials actually may be better than anyone realizes. Given its tumultuous last year, Ford’s opinion that business conditions are “deteriorating” is hardly surprising. Ford’s November sales were up 4.4%. ...

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