The Fusion -- Ford's hottest car since Taurus was America's top seller two decades ago -- is going coastal. Already a hit in the heartland, Fusion now attracts buyers in places that previously panned Detroit iron.
Was saving General Motors and Chrysler worth the taxpayer dollars spent? That's the question pundits and politicians tend to focus on as they begin filling out their final scorecards on the auto industry bailout.
Even as automakers introduce technology that lets cars drive themselves in congested highway traffic, their engineers and suppliers already are working on the next steps, such as automatic passing and lane changing.