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Bay Area Governments Make Big Electric-Vehicle Buy

Jul 8
A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.

Cadillac CTS vehicles being displayed outside the LaFountaine Cadillac in Highland Township, Mich.

New Recalls and Questions About Auto Parts Safety

By Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin | Jul 2
The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry.

In this Oct. 5, 2012 file photo, a shopper checks out a Kia Optima at a Kia car dealership in Elmhurst, Ill. Auto Web sites _ once filled mostly with reviews and advice _ are getting more sophisticated, connecting potential buyers with dealers and offering instant price guarantees.

Web Sites Ease Auto Purchases

By Dee-Ann Durban | Jun 29
Want to take some of the stress and mystery out of the car-buying process? Get on the Internet.

New Gov. Numbers Show Severity of Great Recession

Jun 27
The U.S. government released revised economic numbers that show that between January and March, the country suffered the worst economic slowdown since the Great Recession. The economy has bounced back due to an increase in home and auto sales.

An assembly line worker works on a 2015 Chrysler 200 automobile at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. Most economists agree that the economy last quarter was depressed by temporary factors _ particularly the blast of Arctic chill and snow that shuttered factories, disrupted shipping and kept Americans away from shopping malls and car dealer lots.

Why a Grim US Economic Picture is Brightening

By Christopher S. Rugaber, Martin Crutsinger | Jun 25
The economy likely shrank at an annual rate of nearly 2 percent in the January-March quarter, economists estimate. That would be its bleakest performance since early 2009 in the depths of the Great Recession. So why aren’t economists panicking?

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, D-Colo., left, helps as SolarCity employee Jake Torwatzky, install a solar panel on a home in south Denver.

Elon Musk Takes on Carbon with Solar, Battery Bets

By Jonathan Fahey | Jun 19
Musk, chairman of the solar installer SolarCity, announced that the company would acquire a solar panel maker and build factories "an order of magnitude" bigger than the plants that currently churn out panels.

Longer Tractor-Trailers could be on Their Way

Jun 19
Each year, trucks move nearly 70 percent of all goods in the U.S. along America’s highways. Now companies want to take on even more, by extending the length of each trailer five feet, from 28 feet to a maximum of 33.

Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, introduces the SpaceX Dragon V2 spaceship at the SpaceX headquarters on, in Hawthorne, Calif.

Tesla Handing Over the Keys to Its Technology

By Michael Liedtke, Dee-Ann Durban | Jun 18
Electric car maker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles.

Gov. Rick Snyder speaks in front of part of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit

Automakers to Help Save Detroit’s Art Treasures

By Corey Williams | Jun 12
General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are driving into Detroit’s bankruptcy reorganization by pledging $26 million to help support retiree pensions while keeping the city’s art treasures off the auction block, officials announced.

Ford CEO on GM Crisis

Jun 9
From deep debt to soaring profits, Ford CEO Alan Mulally joins the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts to discuss the motor company’s rise and his own plans to step down on July 1.