Features By Alisa Roth

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Automakers gear up for better fuel efficiency

Federal rules to increase fuel efficiency start to go into effect next year. Making cars smaller is the easiest way to boost miles per gallon, but Americans typically don't like small cars. As Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports, another road to greater fuel efficiency is to make cars lighter.
Posted In: Auto
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Obama: "Dumb" red tape for business must go

President Obama has ordered a review of regulations that might stifle economic growth. He wants to remove federal rules that are outdated, unnecessary, and "just plain dumb." But for small businesses, state and local regulations can be a big chill on hiring and growth.
Posted In: Small Business
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GM wants to buy back financing arm

GM wants to buy back a part of Ally Bank, which was formerly known as GMAC, GM's financing arm. Marketplace's Alisa Roth takes a look at how an in-house lender can benefit a car company.
Posted In: Auto
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Cupcakes go to Wall Street

Crumbs Bake Shop, a national cupcake chain, announced that it will be going public. The company plans on putting the money generated from listing shares on an exchange towards a major expansion. But is this just a fad? Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Food, Wall Street
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Visteon returns to the New York Stock Exchange

Visteon -- a car parts maker that was once part of Ford -- will start trading at the New York Stock Exchange again. Alisa Roth explains.
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Detroit Auto Show to remain practical

The Detroit Auto Show begins on Monday, and while there'll be some exciting models, most auto manufacturers are keeping it simple, with new but practical technology rolled in. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Auto
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China's growing auto industry could affect U.S. gas prices

China added more than 2 million cars last year, a 29 percent increase. So how does that affect the regular U.S. driver? It's all about the price of oil. Alisa Roth explains.
Posted In: Auto, China
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A friendlier, more personal payday lender

Marketplace's Alisa Roth visits a new kind of payday lender that is part of an FDIC pilot program. The program gives payday loans -- but it gives borrowers get personalized financial advice and more time to repay the loans.
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Big 3: How the U.S. auto industry turned things around

Things are looking pretty good for the auto industry right now, especially compared to 2009, which was a disaster. Reporter Alisa Roth talks with Bob Moon about what the industry did to turn things around, how the Big 3 are doing, and whether the bailouts worked.
Posted In: Auto
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How will China's auto changes affect U.S. carmakers?

Soon, Chinese buyers of small vehicles will lose a big government tax incentive. On top of that, Beijing's city hall is cutting the number of license plates issued to reduce congestion. What does this mean for American automakers angling for a piece of the action in China? Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Auto

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