In a survey of customer satisfaction, American-made brands pull even for the first time in a decade. GM's Cadillac ties for first place.
Most people interested in trading in an old car – and getting a generous credit on the purchase of a new one – have apparently already rushed to participate in the program.
The decline in Americans' household wealth has led to uncertainty about how strong the economic recovery will be. The uncertainty is visible in the Dow's fluctuations – such as a drop of nearly 200 points Monday morning.
Since the 1930s, consumers have been key to lifting America out of a downturn.
Tightening belts this way costs businesses and government less than layoffs. But it’s tough on families.
The profits go to the few, and everyone else picks up the tab.
The fewest consumers in six decades say their own finances are improving.
Tepid but sustainable, is the most common answer. Growth in Asia will be the main driver, with help from a modest revival in the US.
A surge of foreign entrepreneurs are getting visas in exchange for investing in US companies.
Rising unemployment and higher interest rates may be to blame for another record month.
Other carmakers are also likely to ramp up production, a move that will help the wider economy.
Exports, including to emerging markets such as China, helped the two countries turn in surprisingly strong numbers for the second quarter. Now, some say the global economic recession has ended.