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Ford/Firestone Commentary
MYRON D. STOKES
Ford's announcement by CEO Jac Nasser calling for the replacement of 13.5 million Firestone tires on its SUVs has re-ignited debate about responsiblity for the alleged safety problem, a nightmare likely to drag on for years.


Why We Wouldn't Buy Automotive Stocks
Just Yet: Part 2

MYRON D. STOKES
Why are there so many people buying SUVs? Because their accountants told them to, that's why. In the last decade SUVs have accounted for nearly 50 percent of all vehicles sold in the U.S. Sales have grown 287 percent since 1990, far outpacing the vehicle market overall - an increase of percent 41. If you removed SUVs from the mix, the market grew only 21 percent.

Next Generation Rapid Deployment Force May Get Supersonic Wings
MYRON D. STOKES
Pentagon sources are alluding to the military's interest in adapting the largest version of Boeing's new product line, announced today, for supersonic transport of next generation Rapid Deployment Forces.

Mercedes: Power to Win
JOHN CHUHRAN
With more than $100 million committed to developing engines for the Formula 1 and CART racing series in 2000, the pressure to win was felt by nearly everyone at Ilmor Engineering, the race-engine building arm of DaimlerChrysler's top brand, Mercedes-Benz.

Building The Sonic Cruiser
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Boeing shocked the world with the announcement of its intent to channel significant corporate resources into the building of the 300 passenger Sonic Cruiser.

The company was immediately challenged by industry analysts and executives. A look back at the original research from the 1962-1971 period. Courtesy of the Boeing Company.

A Majestic Bird Returns
BY MYRON D. STOKES
I recall my first flight on Concorde, it was March 1984 and I had the priviledge of participating in the plane's inaugural run from Tampa to London. I remember the thousands of people who came out for the takeoff and the thrill evident on their faces.

On the Verge of Change
MYRON D. STOKES
It is said that the automobile is the most significant contrivance of humankind - along with the aeroplane - from the standpoint of its being a "technology sponge." That is to say, it's not only capable of absorbing and utilizing virtually all existing technology, but that yet to be invented.

Toyota: Another Look At A Recovery Strategy
MYRON D. STOKES
The impending fall of the Indonesian government will send shock waves throughout Asia-Pacific. The implications for foreign firms doing business in the region are profound.

Failing Grades? DaimlerChrysler Must do Balancing Act to Fight off its Financial Woes
BY MARTHA HINDES
For DaimlerChrysler, the formal release of its first quarter earnings report simply stated the obvious. Just about every aspect of the business except its elite Mercedes-Benz vehicle line was awash in red ink or struggling to stay in the black. And as the German-American company pushes to bring its balance sheet back into the plus column, it isn't just a loss of income from vehicle sales that it must deal with.

Heinz Prechter: Eulogy for a Pioneer
ER STAFF
Heinz Prechter, a German immigrant who used his initiative and determination to carve out a global auto supply empire in his adopted homeland and elevate himself to the heady ranks as a confidant of presidents, was found dead on July 6 at his Grossse Ile home.

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