Ford Crown Victorias sit in a parking lot outside a police station in Chicago. Sales of the Crown Victoria climbed 140 percent in August as police departments stockpiled the popular fleet vehicle before Ford ended its production this week.
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In a file photo, workers at General Motors' Lordstown Assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio put the final touches on 2011 Chevrolet Cobalts. The weakening dollar will allow U.S. automakers to export at a financial advantage.
Customers walk past a Toyota FJ Cruiser. Toyota brought in 19 percent of African-American buyers, 22 percent of Latino buyers and 33 percent of Asian-American buyers.
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Although the recession ended two years ago, Americans are still feeling the effects. Consumers are continuing to rely on thrifty measures to push their money further.
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A salesman looks at Ford Fusion cars with customers on the lot at the Serramonte Ford dealership in Colma, Calif. This year, Ford Motor Co. reported its best first-quarter earnings since 1998, at $2.6 billion.
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Oprah Winfrey talks with President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama during a taping of the Oprah Winfrey show in April. The final episode of Winfrey's 25-year-old talk show airs Wednesday.
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