President Obama on Thursday made his fourth visit to a battery manufacturer since taking office. He's pouring money and political attention into an industry that's playing catch-up – but that is vital to the future health of the domestic auto industry.
Ford Motor Company is considering the elimination of its Mercury brand automobiles and SUV's.
Students from West Philadelphia make a viable 'X PRIZE' run against auto companies from around the globe. The potential prize: $7.5 million for the school and a 100 m.p.g. car for the world.
Other carmakers are also likely to ramp up production, a move that will help the wider economy.
Detroit has not said whether it will boost auto production now that Congress has allotted $2 billion more to the program.
GM, Chrysler saw smaller declines in sales in July. Ford, Subaru, and Hyundai, meanwhile, registered actual sales increases compared with a year ago.
US automakers think small in a downsized economy.
General Motors will drop four of its eight nameplates. What about service and warranties?