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Thailand takes over from Detroit

Workers process components at a Thai Summit Autoparts Industry factory in Samutprakarn.

BANGKOK -- Thailand's automotive companies, increasingly on the cutting edge of component technology, have turned their country into "Southeast Asia's Detroit."

     That would be last century's Detroit. These days, the home to General Motors, Ford and Chrysler continues to struggle with debt, decay and crime. In Thailand, a new generation of engineers is taking up jobs that once went to the city known as Motown.

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