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KEITH CRAIN

It is still all about the product

Auto designers today face a difficult task: designing products that are truly distinctive in the growing lineup of SUV's and pickups on the market.

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

UAW needs to get house in order before '19 talks

When GM announced plans to trim its work force by as many as 18,000 employees and "unallocate" future product at five North American plants, more than a few people saw it as saber rattling before upcoming UAW contract talks.

EDITORIAL

Shadow of '09 bailout shouldn't haunt GM forever

GM has many stakeholders that it must answer to, and do right by, as it undertakes this restructuring. But as of five years ago this week, the federal government isn't one of them.

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