The midyear in autos: 10 ups and downs

As the old philosopher said - no good deed goes unpunished. Here's a roundup of this year's car news highlights so far, along with their companion lows.

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There has been no summer shutdown in the flow of automotive news this year, with significant developments breaking in technology, corporate strategy, management and elsewhere.

But laws of physics dictate that with every action comes a reaction. Every piece of good news seems to come burdened with its own baggage of negativity. Here are some of 2012's major developments -- along with their potential unanticipated consequences.


By Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large @FortuneMagazine - Last updated July 19 2012: 5:13 AM ET
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