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Mich. Roundup: Black Friday Deals; Ford Has Hopes for 3-cylinder Engine

Nov. 20, 2012

Here is a roundup of Michigan business news:

Schuette: Seniors could face increases of 66% if BCBSM is allowed to be tax-exempt

Most people in the U.S. are talking about the fiscal cliff, but in Michigan, the precipice in the news is the senior cliff.

To get Black Friday weekend deals, plan ahead

Retailers continue to try to lure shoppers into their stores with prices on some items that are the lowest you can typically find, but the products are nearly always available only in very limited quantities.

Ford has hopes for 3-cylinder, EcoBoost engine in 2014 Fiesta

Ford will offer the smallest of its EcoBoost family of engines in the refreshed 2014 Ford Fiesta for those who want more zip and the best fuel economy this side of a hybrid.

Electric car buyers are smart, rich, study says

Owners of plug-in electric cars are well-off, well-educated people who want to wean themselves and the nation off high-price oil, according to a pair of new reports.

Nissan upgrades Leaf electric car, lowers price

The upgraded Nissan Motor Co. Leaf electric car can travel further without recharging, comes in a cheaper model and tells drivers how much battery life is left.

Will Twinkies live on? Hostess, union to try mediation

Twinkies won't die that easily after all. Hostess Brands and its second-largest union will go into mediation to try to resolve their differences, meaning the company won't go out of business just yet.

Ford donates 4 trucks full of Newman's Own food products

Ford and Newman's Own for 12 years have worked with Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The automaker is donating four refrigerated trucks filled with Newman's Own food products. Each will be used in a different region of the country.

Dodge Dart won't get Consumer Reports' recommendation

Dodge, Lincoln and Cadillac all took hits from Consumer Reports as the influential consumer magazine criticized important models for each brand.

Source: (c)2012 the Detroit Free Press Distributed by MCT Information Services

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