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In a Global Economy, "Buying American" is Kind of Complicated

01.22.2015

Don't make assumptions: Sometimes it's U.S.-built cars from Japanese companies that have the most domestic content. And U.S. content means direct U.S. jobs--at least 1.5 million of them--from a resurgent auto industry.

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Today's Auto News

01.21.2015

Two million Progressive Snapshot customers may be at risk for car hacking. Good news! You qualify for safe driver discounts. Bad news! Kim Jong-un crashed your car. More auto news, right here.

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Today: What's the Deal With Worn Out Brakes?

01.20.2015

The rear brake pads on Gary's Chrysler Town and Country are worn out and Gary can't figure out why, since front brakes do most of the stopping and should wear out first. What gives? Car Talk's explanation, right here. 

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Despite $2 Gas, Consumers Still Buy Fuel Economy

01.19.2015

Bad gas mileage is the second-biggest reason car buyers reject cars they'd otherwise buy, says a new J.D. Power survey. So why is the Detroit show so enamored of huge horsepower?

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