Emirati men check a Tesla vehicle during a ceremony in Dubai in February. The electric -vehicle maker recently announced the opening of a new Gulf headquarters in the United Arab Emirates. Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Google self-driving cars are shown outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., in May 2014. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Self-Driving Cars Raise Questions About Who Carries Insurance

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Drivers pass by gas prices that are displayed at Valero and 76 gas stations on Feb. 9, 2015, in San Rafael, Calif. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Fill It With Regular: AAA Finds Millions Of Drivers Waste Money On Premium Gas

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The Buick Envision, built in China, was on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It will soon go on sale in the U.S. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With Growing Investments, China's Influence In Autos Is Expanding

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Anita Mitzel spent eight years working as a narrator at auto shows. In 1981, she presented for Cadillac at the San Francisco Auto Show. Courtesy of Anita Mitzel hide caption

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From 'Spin-And-Grin Girl' To 'Product Specialist' — An Auto Show Evolution

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"By the middle of the next decade, the cars and trucks we buy will go twice as far on a gallon of gas," Obama promised in 2013. "That means you'll have to fill up half as often; we'll all reduce carbon pollution." Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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Is Obama's Hope For Better Fuel Economy Sputtering Out?

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A pedestrian crosses in front of a vehicle as part of a demonstration at Mcity on July 20, on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mich. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

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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

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

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Strong new-vehicle retail sales figures have led analysts to predict North American production will reach 16 million units in 2013 — a mark not hit since 2002. Part of the rise is due to strong demand for pickup trucks. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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