Top Automotive Industry News for Week of April 13 - April 19, 2015

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of April 13, 2015 - April 19, 2015.

We hope it helps you stay up to speed on the key developments in our industry:

-Automotive Manufacturing News-

5 stars: Aluminum Ford F-150 gets top score for safety (Detroit Free Press)

5 reasons Apple may make a car (Fortune)

Bentley, Porsche cars less reliable than inexpensive rivals (CNBC)

'Bolt' name is a keeper, says Chevy marketing boss (USA Today)

BMW says new 7 series will park itself without driver at wheel (Automotive News)

Fiat 500X seeks to fill holes in Italian brand's lineup (Automotive News)

Ford Patents 11-Speed Automatic (The Truth About Cars)

Ford to spend $2.5 billion on new Mexico engine, transmission operations (Reuters)

Free fuel will help sell Toyota's fuel-cell car Mirai (USA Today)

Grilled: Lexus seeks design edge over premium rivals (Reuters)

GM boosts dividend as auto industry keeps rolling (USA Today)

GM counting on high-speed Internet services in car to drive profits (Reuters)

GM, Tesla, Nissan And The Electric Vehicle Race (DrivingSales)

GM’s Using Simulated Crashes to Build Safer Cars (Wired)

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Return for Another Run (The New York Times)

Hyundai files patent for smartphone feature disabler in proximity to steering wheel (autoblog)

New auto trend picks up speed: Small but mighty engines (Detroit Free Press)

Over Half of All Cars to Feature Stop-Start by 2024 (The Detroit Bureau)

Ready to ditch the plug? (CNBC)

Tesla disputes report of $25-an-hour pay (Detroit Free Press)

This Crazy Rolls-Royce Will Mean Big Profits for BMW (Time)

Toyota's new $1B Mexico plant to build 2020 Corolla (USA Today)

VW Beetle, CC to live on after redesigns (Automotive News)

-Automotive Retail News-

2nd Bill Focused on Auto Financing Back in US House (Auto Finance News)

Are new-car dealership profits holding steady? (CBT News)

Car dealerships turn advertising, sales focus to women (TribLive)

Chevy runs digital video ads in print (Automotive News)

Consumers Trust Social Media, Peer Reviews More than Dealers (F&I Showroom)

Dealership gross profits see bigger impact from F&I (Automotive News)

Dealerships Must Reinvent the Car Showroom (Driving Sales)

GM launches software that flags recalled vehicles on dealer lots (Automotive News)

Survey: More drivers want to buy cars entirely online (USA Today)

The future impact of millennials on the industry (CBT News)

TrueCar Dealer Enrollment Hits All-Time High (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Wells Pulls Back, Chase Sees Thinner Margins (F&I Showroom)

Will certified pre-owned sales hit an all time high in 2015? (CBT News)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Continued Auction Market Strength Led by Small Cars (Auto Remarketing)

Manheim Nevada Hosts 27th Annual World Automobile Auctioneers Championship (Vehicle Remarketing)

Vincentric Announces 2015 Fleet Value Awards (Vehicle Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Aftermarket Executives Say Cheaper Competition is Biggest Threat (Ratchet and Wrench)

Heads-Up Driving Display Startup Navdy Raises $20 Million In New Funding (DrivingSales)

Where It Costs The Most -- And Least -- For Car Insurance (Forbes)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

9 up-and-coming collectible cars (CNN)

'Furious 7': more than 230 cars destroyed during film's shoot (autoblog)

Just Cool Cars: Biggest road beast you'll ever see (USA Today)

-Automotive Servicing News-

BMW to recall 91,800 Mini Coopers over airbag flaw (Automotive News)

Exploding airbags lead to Nissan recalls (CNBC)

GM finds steering flaw, decides it doesn't warrant a recall (autoblog)

GM ignition switch death toll hits 84 (USA Today)

Honda confirms Takata airbag rupture injured driver in March accident (Reuters)

VW issues new recall for 20,000 Chrysler-built minivans (Detroit News)

-General Business & Executive News-

America's highest paid CEO earns $285 million (CNN Money)

A new partnership for Microsoft and Yahoo (CNBC)

Car Retailing Grabs Merger Spotlight (WSJ)

CEO takes 90% pay cut to give workers huge raise (CNN Money)

CFPB Faces Mounting Criticism, New Bipartisan Bill (Auto Dealer Monthly)

China wants eyes on cars not models at auto show (CNN)

Mergers on the brain: Fiat Chrysler is ready to deal (USA Today)

Retail sales rebound signals thaw in economic activity (Reuters)

Virginia Supreme Court Rules That Yelp Does Not Have To Disclose Identities of Reviewers (DrivingSales)

VW CEO to Meet Key Board Members Amid Leadership Turmoil (Bloomberg)

Where Have All the Consumers Gone? (Bloomberg)

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