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Starbucks Changes Direction with Big Drive-Thru Plans

One of the bolder initiatives Starbucks announced during last week's quarterly conference call was that 60 percent of the 1,500 new U.S. locations the barista-tended chain plans to open through the next five years will have drive-thru windows.

Why Used Car Bargains Are Getting Harder to Find

Thinking about buying a used car? You might want to do it sooner rather than later. Prices are on track to rise an average of 1.8% in 2012, and used compact cars will go up even more -- nearly 3%. What's going on? And what does it mean for car shoppers?

Ford's Sales Climb 14% on Explorers, Fuel-Efficient Models

Ford reported Tuesday that its sales in February rose 14% compared to a year ago, in part due to strong sales of the revamped Ford Explorer sports-utility vehicle, the Fusion midsized sedan and the Ford Escape compact SUV. Total sales for the month hit 156,626.

Ford Caps 2010 With 7% Sales Jump in December

Ford, the nation's second-largest automaker, reported its year-over-year sales rose 7% in December, driven by strong demand from consumers and giving the company its best retail-sales month of 2010. The Dearborn, Mich.-based carmaker sold 190,976 vehicles in December, compared to 179,017 a year earlier.

GM, Ford Zoom Past Toyota in New Quality Survey

After trailing Asian automakers for more than two decades, U.S. car companies, led by Ford Motor and General Motors, zoomed past their foreign competition in the latest J.D. Power Initial Quality Study of new cars and trucks.

Ford Sales Surge in December

Ford Motor reported Tuesday that sales of its vehicles rose 33 percent in December compared to a year ago. Sales for the full year, however, were down 15 percent compared to 2008. The company increased its domestic market share by a full percentage point, to 15 percent.