STAFF PREDICTIONS

Automotive News staffers think these stories will grab the headlines in 1995:

The leasing wars will be even more competitive.

The Republican Congress will become the Big 3's best friend.

GM will reorganize again and change its approach to the market.

CAFE increases will be delayed.

Yen pressures will relax and the Japanese will show continued gains.

U.S. interest rates will fall.

China will close foreign investment.

Under marketing guru Ron Zarrella, GM will combine Oldsmobile and Saturn. The Olds name will stay, but all of Saturn's marketing strategies will be adopted.

Four Northeast states will abandon efforts to adopt California's clean air rules.

Ford will take over Mazda.

California will drop its electric-vehicle mandate.

There will be more C/K pickup fires. Despite the settlement with the federal government, GM will still hounded by victims' families and consumer groups.

Sales will total 16.2 million vehicles.

GM will make lots of money in North America.

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