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Sonari Glinton

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Malls Find New Ways To Draw Shoppers

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Standard big box shopping centers are in decline. But other types of malls have sprung up in their place. Some are based on making shopping more convenient. Others focus on the consumer experience.

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In The Obituary For A Boxy Van, A Word On What's To Come

Friday, August 15, 2014

Quietly and without fanfare, Ford has stopped producing the Econoline cargo van. The death of the versatile van offers a hint for the future of the car business.

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Internet Sales Threaten Shopping Mall Culture

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Detroit created the car culture and the shopping mall exists because of that culture. But the shopping mall is partly responsible for Detroit's downfall. Now, the mall is threatened by the Internet.

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Buick Regal Competes With German Luxury Cars

Thursday, August 07, 2014

GM is trying to breathe new life into its Buick brand. Consumer Reports says the 2015 Buick Regal is competitive with many of its rivals. GM designed the car to compete with Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

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Complicated Cars Put A Dent In An Old Father-Son Ritual

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The automobile has long served as a symbol of manhood, with lessons in fixing cars doubling as rites of passage for some boys. But that's changing, now that cars are getting more complex and less important in the lives of many young people.

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A Deal Between 'Dollar' Stores Raises The Stakes Against Wal-Mart

Monday, July 28, 2014

The slice of retail aimed at America's most budget-conscious consumers is consolidating. Dollar Tree is buying Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, a deal encouraged by activist investors Carl Icahn and Nelson Peltz. The new company will have 13,000 stores, making it a more formidable competitor — in size, at least — to Wal-Mart.

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Lawmakers Call For GM's Top Lawyer To Step Down

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Delphi, the company that made the defective ignition switch in General Motors vehicles, has stayed out of the harsh glare in the recall scandal. But that changed Thursday, as Delphi's CEO joined GM CEO Mary Barra and GM's top lawyer for a grilling on Capitol Hill.

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Record Recalls May Not Necessarily Hurt Auto Industry

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Automakers recalled 37.5 million vehicles in the first six months of 2014. That's more cars and trucks recalled than in any prior year. GM led the way but other companies also picked up the pace.

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It's The Year Of The Recall, And It Finds GM Busy

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The auto industry is enduring a year of recalls. General Motors alone has recalled more than 25 million vehicles in the U.S. so far in 2014, and other automakers are also picking up the pace of their vehicle recalls.

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In GM's Payout Plan, End Of The Road Is A Long Way Off

Monday, June 30, 2014

Kenneth Feinberg, who also oversaw the Sept. 11 victims fund, is administering the compensation plan for victims of General Motors' ignition switch defect. There is no cap on the total amount GM will spend, and even drivers who were drunk or distracted are eligible for compensation if the defect had any impact on their accident.

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Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Decades ago, commercials left homosexual relationships implied, in a sort of secret code. These days, gay-friendly marketing campaigns don't need to be as covert.

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To Get Their Cars In Films, Automakers Turn To A Movie Motor Wrangler

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Transformers Age of Extinction offers a big screen sample of how automakers aggressively market their cars to movie studios. Once, in an earlier age when Mustang convertibles ruled the road, they didn't have to.

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As Carmakers Recall Vehicles, Dealers Might Make A Profit

Monday, June 23, 2014

When a company announces that millions of cars have a defect, there's an upside — for dealerships, at least. Car recalls can lead to more profit, and, counterintuitively, to more brand loyalty.

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GM Chief Makes A Return Trip To The Hill, Where A Grilling Awaits

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra faced another grueling hearing on Capitol Hill, two weeks after a critical internal report blasted the company's handling of defective ignition switches as incompetent. GM has recalled 20 million vehicles already this year and has set aside $700 million to cover repairs related to the recall.

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Cars Shed Pounds In Race To Meet Fuel-Efficiency Goals

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hybrids represent only a small fraction of overall car sales. So automakers are trying to boost fuel savings by making vehicles lighter using some unexpected materials.

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Internal Probe Decries GM's 'Incompetence And Neglect'

Thursday, June 05, 2014

An internal probe of how General Motors handled an ignition switch defect has found "a pattern of incompetence and neglect" at GM. On Thursday, CEO Mary Barra announced the dismissal of 15 employees, many of whom were executives and senior managers.

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Google's Attempt To Make A Self-Driving Car: Big Idea Or Bad Idea?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Google is getting into the automobile business. Since the industry is littered with failed upstarts and revolutionary ideas, NPR's Sonari Glinton asks: Why would anyone want to do that?

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For Automakers, Internet-Connected Cars Are A Balancing Act

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

General Motors is putting 4G capabilities directly into its vehicles. But analysts say connecting your car to the Internet poses a challenge to automakers: how to balance safety with convenience.

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Feds Slap GM With $35 Million Penalty For Safety Law Violations

Friday, May 16, 2014

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced that General Motors has entered into a consent decree with the U.S. government, a response to how the company handled its ignition switch recall. As part of the agreement, GM will pay a record penalty of $35 million.

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GM To Pay Record Fine Over Safety Recall

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Department of Transportation on Friday announced that it's ordering General Motors to pay a $35 million civil penalty for the handling of its ignition switch problems.

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