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Sock puppet is Ford's new spokesman

Doug, the new pitchman for the Ford Focus, made his debut on YouTube earlier this month and he's anything but the typical suited PR flak you'd picture representing the stodgy century-old automaker.Full story

Toyota's Corolla suffers from arrested development

Toyota has hit the headlines for its massive car recall, but the world's largest carmaker faces another less noticed challenge: the aging of its biggest-selling model the Corolla. Full story

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  CNBC's Phil LeBeau has the details on Ford releasing a new electric Focus.

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Ford Motor assembly worker Spencer Gray works on the under body of the Ford Focus vehicles for 2012 at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne
Ford Motor assembly worker Spencer Gray works on the under body of the Ford Focus vehicles for 2012 at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne

A Ford Motor assembly worker works on the under body of the Ford Focus vehicles for 2012 at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, December 14, 2011. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Ford Focus hatchbacks
Ford Focus hatchbacks

A 2012 Ford Focus Hatchback and other sedans are lined up at the Salem Ford dealership in Salem, N.H., Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011. Consumer Reports says Ford's quality has slipped in the past year because of problems with transmissions and touch-screen systems in some new models.

Ford plant (© Paul Sancya / AP)
Ford plant (© Paul Sancya / AP)

In this March 17, 2011 photo, line workers assemble a 2012 Ford Focus at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. U.S. factories produced more consumer goods, business equipment and raw materials in March, boosting manufacturing activity for the ninth straight month.

Ford plant {© Paul Sancya / AP}
Ford plant {© Paul Sancya / AP}

In this March 17, 2011 photo, line workers assemble a 2012 Ford Focus at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. U.S. factories produced more consumer goods, business equipment and raw materials in March, boosting manufacturing activity for the ninth straight month.