In a New York Times piece penned today by Micheline Maynard, the author charts the decline of the Detroit and the rise of Asian automakers as seen through the lens and fortunes of the Chevrolet Impala. It's an interesting glimpse into how a top-tier, mainstream (read: non-automotive) publication reads the Big Three's conundrum. As one might reasonably expect for a piece designed to be read by non-enthusiasts, it's arguably oversimplified, but it remains a worthwhile read regardless, if only to see how mainstream media is portraying the issue.

[Sources: The New York Times; General Motors]