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Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics – and what it all means. This week, Howes says Ford Motor Co. is doubling down on its legacy of pickups and SUVs to turbo-charge its U.S. business and capitalize on the market’s move away from the Great American Car. The goal: to bolster profitability and optimize the core business – all with the intention of making smart, competitive bets on the future of mobility, autonomy and electrification.

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