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

Sears — the Apple of its day for disruption and innovation — sold its own car from 1908 to 1912, before ceding the market to Ford and others. According to one expert, there hasn't been a successful new entrant into the industry in nearly a century. That track record could present a challenge to Apple, which is rumored to be thinking about launching its own line of electric cars. searsmotorbuggy.com hide caption

toggle caption
searsmotorbuggy.com

Apple Must 'Think Different' On Cars, Or Join Ranks Of Failed New Brands

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/387906258/387985069" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

From Jobs To Car Parts, Port Dispute Rippling Through The Economy

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/387263400/387302794" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

What Fluctuations In Currency Mean For Car Interiors

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/382463487/382463488" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Concept Cars, Once Outlandish, Now Vital To Auto Industry's Future

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/377487162/377780918" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

How Cars Evolved Over The Last Decade

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/377635545/377635546" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Ford's F-150 truck beat the Chevrolet Colorado and Lincoln MKC as the Detroit auto show's 2015 North American Truck of the Year. He Xianfeng/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

toggle caption
He Xianfeng/Xinhua/Landov

Winning The Truck Battle Isn't Just About Smack Talk. It's Everything

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/377005111/377024743" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Auto Industry Challenged By Falling Gas Prices

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/376896333/376896334" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Dodge Ram pickup trucks await customers Jan. 5 on the lot at Landmark Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Morrow, Ga. Buoyed by a resurgent economy, holiday sales, cheap gasoline and a love affair with pickup trucks, Americans headed to car dealers in droves last month, pushing full-year sales to what's likely to be the highest level since 2006. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

toggle caption
John Bazemore/AP

Low Gas Prices Give SUV Sales A Boost, But Automakers Take Long View

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/375201451/375201452" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies before a Senate panel July 17 at a hearing about auto safety recalls. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Massive Recalls Give The Auto Industry An Unwanted Record

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/373822312/373835165" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Takata Pressured By Congress To Take Air Bag Recall Nationwide

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/368282890/368282891" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Don't Feel Guilty — The Holidays Are A 'Macroeconomic Cheat Day'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/366851857/366851858" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Retailers' Black Friday ads and other parts of the holiday season are designed to tap into a very ancient part of our brains. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Holiday Shopping Ads Are Geared Toward Brain's Reward Center

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/366729888/366729891" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript