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Despite pandemic-driven uncertainty, Americans are buying new cars

Feb 10, 2021
The price difference between a new car and a used car isn't as wide as it was before the pandemic.
To some consumers, buying a new car is a way of reclaiming control and increasing safety during the pandemic.
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Rocky past in tow, Fisker promises a new electric SUV

Mar 28, 2019
Industry adviser Chelsea Sexton explains why she's skeptical.
A logo is seen on a Fisker EMotion all-electric vehicle that uses LiDAR technology at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 9, 2018.
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What’s behind the used car sales boom?

Aug 21, 2018
Used car prices hit a record high this summer according to recent data from the business and research firm Cox Automotive. Economists there found car prices for July, which is usually a slow month, were up 5.1 percent from the same month last year. Why is this happening? Click the audio player above to hear the […]
Used cars are displayed on a sales lot on June 9, 2011 in San Rafael, California.
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Tesla's China plant will serve the world's biggest electric car market

Jul 11, 2018
This week, Tesla announced its plans to build a plant in Shanghai amid trade tensions between the U.S. and China
A view of a fully electric Tesla car on an assembly line at the new Tesla Motors car factory in Tilburg, the Netherlands, during the opening and launch of the new factory, on Aug. 22, 2013.
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Automakers fret over threat of Trump tariffs

Jul 3, 2018
Car sales figures for last month are coming out today, but automakers are focusing on the future, especially since President Donald Trump has threatened tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported cars. GM says if tariffs land, its cars will cost up to $6,000 more, and the company would have to lay off workers. […]

Used car salesman? He’s looking better and better to consumers

Jun 28, 2018
If the threatened 25 percent tariffs on cars produced in the European Union coming into the United States are imposed, more and more people may head to the used car lot.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

The venerable sedan gives way to crossovers and trucks

Jun 14, 2018
Two out of every five vehicles sold in the United States is a cross utility vehicle, or CUV.
Honda executives celebrate as the 2018 Honda Accord is named the car of the year at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan, on Jan. 15, 2018.
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Ford Motor Co. will phase out its traditional sedans in North America

Apr 26, 2018
Ford Motor Co. announced it’s going to stop making cars for the North American market, save the Mustang and Focus Active. The automaker plans to phase out five of its cars to focus on SUVs, trucks and crossovers. Dan Neil writes about cars for the Wall Street Journal. He talked with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about […]

Can we get enough of cup holders?

Mar 1, 2018
Whether it’s to fit an extra Big Gulp cup or to store your kids’ playthings, it seems like we always want more cup holders in our cars — and car makers are trying to meet this demand. Chester Dawson is a reporter from Wall Street Journal‘s Detroit Bureau. He writes about the new trend of […]

GM aims to cut billons as it eyes driverless vehicle service

Feb 6, 2018
General Motors reports fourth-quarter earnings before the market opens today. Analysts are expecting an earnings increase for the big carmaker, which retook the lead from Tesla in market valuation last year. GM stock rallied 20 percent in 2017 as the company unveiled bold plans for driverless taxis. Click the above audio player to hear the […]