In Canada, the president's first foreign destination, the focus will be on rebuilding a deep alliance. Differences loom however, on climate change, protectionism, and troops in Afghanistan.
GM is asking the US Treasury for an extra $16.6 billion. Chrysler wants another $5 billion.
The industry itself bears some, but not all, of the responsibility, as GM and Chrysler seek more US aid.
A recession-driven slump in auto sales makes it tougher for the Big Three to craft their restructuring plans.
Five months into the economic crisis, experts predict a years-long recovery.
‘Green’ state is working on plan for public charging stations; Nissan will debut its electric vehicles here.