Top Automotive Industry News for Week of April 20 - April 26, 2015

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of April 20, 2015 - April 26, 2015.

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

-Automotive Manufacturing News-

Audi prepares electric SUV to fight Tesla but bets on plug-in hybrids (Automotive News)

BMW’s new remote-control parking turns you into James Bond (Fortune)

BMW, Porsche roll out Apple Watch apps for cars (USA Today)

CEO Mary Barra: No merger fever at GM (USA Today)

Chevy’s Robo-Car Concept Is Switchblades on Wheels (WIRED)

China fines Mercedes $57 million in price-fixing probe (The Detroit News)

Earth Day, bah! Hybrid, EV owners shift to SUVs (CNBC)

Fiat Chrysler Raises Vehicle Prices (WSJ)

Ford F-150 aces crash tests; GM's pickup doesn't (USA Today)

Ford to cut 700 making small cars, compact hybrids (CNBC)

GM gets boost from smaller pickups, but doubters question for how long (Reuters)

Mazda Quarterly Profits Fall on Currency Losses, Sales Rise (Ratchet and Wrench)

Mitsubishi profits in North America for first time in seven years (autoblog)

New Technology May Prevent Accidents By Reading Drivers' Body Language (Forbes)

Peugeot, IBM to Develop New Connected-Car Services (Ratchet and Wrench)

Self-Driving Cars by 2020? Not So Fast, Consultants Say (WSJ)

Study: Drivers want more tech to prevent crashes (USA Today)

Supplier ThyssenKrupp plans to invest $869 million in N.A. by 2020 (Automotive News)

Tesla plugs into new markets with batteries for electricity storage (LA Times)

Tesla shares jump on battery news ahead of Q1 earnings (USA Today)

Toyota makes noise with Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (Automotive News)

UAW, automakers look to ‘bridge the gap’ (The Detroit News)

Volvo Axes the Passenger Seat to Boost Backseat Legroom (WIRED)

Volvo prepares to send 'Made in China' cars to U.S. (The Detroit News)

-Automotive Retail News-

An online Tune-Up for the Used-Car Marketplace (NY Times)

Asbury’s Q Auto Stores a Work in Progress (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Asbury, Sonic see below-average F&I revenue at new-initiative stores (Automotive News)

AutoNation's Q1 net income rises 17% (Automotive News)

Buyers want tech in cars, Gen Y will pay more for it (Detroit News)

Dave Winslow discusses the digital trends you need to be aware of (CBT News)

Dealers missing out on digital F&I sales, study finds (Automotive News)

Electric vehicles lose buzz (The Detroit News)

GM earns $945M on best North American first quarter since 2009 (Detroit Free Press)

GM global sales in Q1 up 2%, still behind VW (USA Today)

Google's 'Mobilegeddon' forces dealerships to get mobile-friendly (Automotive News)

Is Having Too Many Pictures A Bad Thing? Perhaps (Driving Sales)

Lincoln considering giving cars real names again (autoblog)

More Drivers Using Green to Go 'Green,' Experian Finds (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Sonic Q1 revenue up, net income down on costs for new initiatives (Automotive News)

The 10 Most Reliable Car Brands, From A Car Dealer's View (Yahoo)

Tom Doll discusses the impact of transparency-minded consumers on dealerships (CBT News)

Toyota beats VW, GM for leader in global vehicle sales (The Detroit News)

Why Millennials Are Buying More and More New Cars (Cheatsheet)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Auction Volume Up 7%, Retail Sales Steady (Auto Remarketing)

Is Wholesale Market Set to Slow Down? (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Automakers Seek to Prevent Owners from Working on Vehicles (Ratchet and Wrench)

California bill would let classic car owners out of smog check for $200 (autoblog)

Teen driving fatalities dropped more than 50 percent in the last decade (autoblog)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

2015 Shanghai auto show (USA Today)

Floyd 'Money' Mayweather has purchased 100 cars from one dealer (autoblog)

McCartney recorded 'Hey Jude' in this Aston Martin (CNN)

Paul Walker-driven 'Fast and the Furious' car up for sale (USA Today)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Auto Dealership Service Dept. Relationships Need Repairs (Wards Auto) Debuts Service, Repair Feature (Ratchet and Wrench)

Fiat Chrysler recalls 58,000 older vehicles (The Detroit News)

Ford recalls 390K newer cars for faulty door latches (CNBC)

GM ignition switch death toll hits 87 (USA Today)

NHTSA updates recall website after probe (USA Today)

Suzuki Recalls 2M Cars for Smoking Ignition Switch (Ratchet and Wrench)

-General Business & Executive News-

Amazon now ships to your Audi's trunk (USA Today)

Barra's compensation totaled $16.2 million for 2014 (Detroit Free Press)

Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013 (Bloomberg)

Google Auto Insurance Comparison: Will It Change the Industry? (Nasdaq)

Here are the winners and losers of the huge Comcast deal's demise (Business Insider)

Nasdaq's new-high math: Breakout or bubble? (USA Today)

No. 1 cause of bad work-life balance? Bad bosses (CNN)

One Uber Driver’s Story: How He Was Trapped by Auto-Loan Program (KQED)

Recall Nightmare Means No Bonuses For GM Bosses, But Other Execs Rewarded For Financial Improvement (Forbes)

Shanghai GM Signs Deal With Alibaba To Provide Car Financing (DrivingSales)

Startups … inside giant companies (Fortune)

The Crazy Schemes of the World’s Most Surprising Car Exec (WIRED)

These CEOs work for 'free' (CNN)

Volkswagen’s Chairman, Ferdinand Piëch, Is Ousted in Power Struggle (The New York Times)

Weak U.S. business spending data hints at sluggish growth rebound (Reuters)

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