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THE BALTIMORE SUN

Smaller, electric cars reign at Detroit auto show

Electric, hybrid and small cars will grab center stage at the Detroit auto show this week, as the industry adapts to a world reshaped by recession and environmental worries. Ford wants to build on success in midsize sedans and reignite small-car sales, while Hyundai aims to extend last year's triumph in budget-conscious models. GM and Chrysler will start fresh with electric vehicles but also try to boost their small-car credibility. Toyota hopes to solidify its dominance in hybrids. The new models must be successful if automakers are to reverse last year's 21 percent sales plunge.

- Associated Press

Gas price's upswing may inhibit economic recovery

Retail gasoline prices have jumped sharply over the past week, prompting worries that energy prices could slow the economic recovery. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline jumped 8.6 cents to $2.751 a gallon, according to the federal government's weekly survey of filling stations around the U.S. Analysts said gasoline prices were rising sharply at a time when most indicators of supply and demand were headed in the opposite direction.

- Los Angeles Times

Super Bowl ad prices fall for 2nd time in game's history

The economic slump appears to have taken a toll on Super Bowl ads, pushing the price down for only the second time in the game's history. TNS Media Intelligence said Monday that 30-second commercials during next month's Super Bowl on CBS are selling for between $2.5 million and $2.8 million, down from last year, when ads averaged $3 million on NBC - a record. Pepsi won't advertise its drinks this year for the first time in 23 seasons, joining FedEx and GM, which dropped out last year. In their absence, newcomers and smaller companies have snatched up slots in advertising's biggest showcase.

- Associated Press

Domino's campaign comes clean about its pizza

For a pizza joint, it's a bold move to tell customers your crust tasted like cardboard and your sauce was like ketchup. But that's just what Domino's Pizza Inc. has been saying since last month in untraditional ads about the recipes it abandoned when it launched its reformulated pizza. The company's incoming CEO said the chain had no choice but to be honest about its old recipe pizza to win back customers.

- Associated Press

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