Sonari Glinton

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


What's The Secret To Minnesota's Success On Jobs?

Friday, May 02, 2014

The labor market has recovered strongly in Minnesota, where the unemployment rate is just 4.8 percent.


Small Businesses Fight Big-Box Stores By Specializing

Thursday, April 24, 2014

As online and mega stores take up more of the retail landscape, small mom-and-pop shops are getting more specific. We examine one of the ways small stores are looking to survive and possibly thrive.

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Bank Of America Agrees To Refunds And Fines In Credit Card Case

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bank of America will pay nearly $800 million to settle accusations that it misled customers who bought extra credit card products. Regulators say nearly 3 million credit card holders were effected.


Toyota Pulls Over 6 Million Vehicles Worldwide

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Toyota is recalling 6.4 million vehicles due to defects. The recall comes at a time of heightened scrutiny of automakers, only weeks after Toyota agreed to a $1.2 billion settlement with the U.S. government for misleading consumers.


Just How New Is The 'New' GM?

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

During her grilling before Congress, CEO Mary Barra insisted the new GM is different and better than the old GM. But are the company and its cars really new and improved? The answer is complicated.


GM CEO Pressed On Handling Of Ignition Switch Defect

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

GM CEO Mary Barra and the head of the National Transportation Safety Administration testified on Capitol Hill about why it took so long to fix an ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths.


The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall

Monday, March 31, 2014

Records show that GM knew about faulty ignition switches in its cars at least a decade ago. The first death now linked to the problem happened the same year the company was shedding thousands of jobs.


As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out

Friday, March 21, 2014

The number of vehicles recalled has more than doubled over the past 20 years — but most notices go unnoticed by the public. "It just starts to become noise," says one auto expert.