Sonari Glinton Sonari Glinton is a NPR Business Desk reporter based at our NPR West bureau.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally, pictured with the 2011 Ford Focus, is credited with turning the company around. But analysts say the automaker still faces formidable challenges ahead. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Despite Good News, Ford Has Long Road Ahead

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A low-interest rate banner hangs on the side of an unsold 2010 Toyota Corolla at a dealership in Lakewood, Colo. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Selling Loans May Be Better Road For Automakers

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Things Looking Up At The Detroit Auto Show

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The producers behind Gran Torino, starring Clint Eastwood (left) and Bee Vang, were lured to Michigan thanks to nearly $100 million in tax credits the state first offered in 2008. Anthony Michael Rivetti/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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As Detroit Woos Hollywood, Opposition Mounts

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The Chevrolet Volt was named the North American Car of the Year. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Electric Cars Steal The Spotlight At Auto Show

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The Bentley Continental GT on display during the auto show. The company's 2011 models are quite popular. Stand Honda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Luxury Makes A Comeback At Detroit Auto Show

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Toyota Improving Reputation After Fall From Grace

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Electric Cars Expected To Be Detroit Show's Highlight

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The number of people killed on American roads has fallen by more than 20 percent in recent years, according to a new study. But motorcycle deaths are up. That may be because older drivers are buying motorcycles. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Road Fatalities Dip Thanks To Safer Cars, Economy

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Alfred Kahn speaks at a White House conference on state and local regulatory reform on Jan. 11, 1980. Mark Wilson/AP hide caption

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Alfred Kahn's Legacy: Cheap Flights

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High Gas Prices Compete For Holiday Shoppers' Cash

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South Korea Free Trade Deal Could Be Boon For GM

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Chrysler Leaner, But Still Not Turning Profit

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Bankruptcy Still Fresh For Cautious GM Investors

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Pickup Truck Sales Indicate Economy Is On The Mend

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