Doors for a Chevy Sonic hang on the assembly line at General Motors' Orion Assembly Plant in Lake Orion, Michigan, in 2011.
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September 4, 2013 Car sales picked up, as did hiring at auto manufacturing plants, according to the central bank's latest Beige Book.
Detroit's abandoned Packard car plant, seen here in a 2010 photo, could eventually sell for $21,000 if a development deal falls through, a Wayne County official says.
August 22, 2013 The Packard plant, which once symbolized the might of America's auto industry, is at risk of heading to auction if a pending development deal fails. If that happens, The Detroit Free Press reports, the 35-acre site could eventually be sold "for as little as $21,000."
Models abound at this week's Shanghai auto show. This one, in a latex cat suit, was drawing attention to an SUV by Landwind, a Chinese company that sells about 10,000 vehicles a year.
April 27, 2013 China is the world's largest auto market. NPR's Frank Langfitt went to Shanghai's sprawling auto show this week, and compares it with the ones he used to cover in Detroit a few years back, when General Motors and Chrysler were on the ropes.
The 2013 Bentley Mulsanne features drop-down iPad workstations. More cars are being outfitted to operate as mobile offices.
December 3, 2012 From the back seat of a Bentley to the cab of a Ford F-150, NPR's Nina Gregory visits the L.A. Auto Show to check out the latest in mobile offices: vehicles designed for work.
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A worker inspects auto parts at a factory in Chengdu, China. (2005 file photo.)
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September 17, 2012 The cases — charging that China unfairly subsidizes auto parts and slaps high duties on U.S.-made cars — come as Republican rival Mitt Romney argues that President Obama has let too many jobs go overseas.
September 10, 2012 Four years after the U.S. launched a massive bailout of the financial system and the auto industry, the government has yet to recoup $200 billion. Here's a breakdown.
July 31, 2012 "All these potential customers make the U.S. auto industry believe that 2015 is going to be the year that things finally get back to normal. And despite a steady stream of numbingly grim economic news, it is already doubling down on its future."
President Obama at a campaign event at the Wolcott House Museum Complex in Maumee, Ohio.
July 5, 2012 President Obama began a two-day bus tour of swing states Ohio and Pennsylvania on Thursday and spent part of the time campaigning on his bailout of U.S. automakers.
June 19, 2012 Japanese car makers are getting killed by the exchange rate, so they're expanding production in the U.S.
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Lincoln's staking its future on this car.
June 15, 2012 After the '60s, the Lincoln automobile brand started on a long, slow decline that mirrored the slide of the American auto industry. Now, Ford is trying to turn it back into a top luxury brand.
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June 8, 2012 Lincolns used to be the coolest cars in the world. On today's show, we hear how Lincoln is trying to regain its former glory.
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Pop your tire in a new car and you might have to hitch home.
June 21, 2011 Thinking about buying a new, reasonably-priced automobile? Check the trunk, first. There might not be a spare tire in there. Some carmakers are forgoing them to cut costs and increase miles per gallon.
November 23, 2010 Obama's visit to Kokomo had the feel of a campaign swing as he made sure to press plenty of flesh.
June 17, 2010 U.S. Cars Top Imports On Quality For 1st Time
June 10, 2009 On today's Planet Money, a GM exec says bankruptcy's wonderful.
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