Detroit keeps turning out bad news, what with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler losing market share and VolkswagenÃ¢??s announcement
last fall that it would abandon the city and move its U.S. headquarters to Virginia.
Now Volkswagen is days away from unveiling a site for a new U.S. plant, and the Detroit News reports Michigan has been crossed
off the short list in favor of two Southern states.
The steady downers are turning Michigan into a byword for decline, says Daniel Gorrell, who runs the California consulting
firm AutoStratagem Inc. In short, Detroit Ã¢?? and by extension Michigan as a whole Ã¢?? has gained a stigma that will be extremely
difficult to shake.
Ã¢??There is a spirit and a feel about Detroit now,Ã¢?? Gorrell says.
However, he adds, Ã¢??Things arenÃ¢??t nearly as bad in Indiana. There isnÃ¢??t the concentration of problems.Ã¢??
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