Detroit auto show report: GM, Ford load up small cars for bigger profits

By Jamie LaReau and Chrissie Thompson, Crain News Service

From Tire Business

Detroit, Michigan – At the Detroit auto show, General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. revealed their comeback strategy for small cars: Adorn them with features seldom seen in domestic econoboxes, such as roomy interiors, computer gadgets, turbocharged engines and sporty sheet metal.

For example, the redesigned 2012 Ford Focus-Ford’s biggest splash at the show-has touch-screen controls for navigation, phone, climate control and entertainment. The car, due in early 2011, also can download applications used…

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