Synopsis by Elizabeth Smith
PBS' Frontline and the Center for Investigative Reporting co-produced this program that examines why General Motors had to begin battling so many financial difficulties in years between huge profits. At the time this program was made, GM had just ended a year with $23.5 billion in losses, the largest such corporate financial loss known. GM was employing 736,000 workers, all deeply concerned about their futures with the company and within the auto industry. Companies that produce the materials needed to make GM's vehicles are also concerned about future orders for their goods, including steel and rubber. Some of the hardest questions are raised and asked of GM officials and others familiar with the ups and downs of the auto industry.