There is a message in all this beyond the stuff that sets the hearts of car guys aflutter. It is that America retains the capacity to design and build truly world-class products. At one time, that same ingenuity and productivity helped produce a vigorous post-war economy and a thriving middle class. That middle class affluence, in turn, drove up consumer spending and propelled the economy all the more. Today, however, despite still having the world's largest economy, best technology and abundant human and natural resources, we seem to be adrift in the global economy. A lack of fundamental leadership and direction, as much as changing markets, has resulted in shuttered factories, declining cities, deteriorating infrastructure and a widening income gap.