Top Automotive Industry News for Week of April 7 - April 13, 2014

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of April 7 – 13, 2014.

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

- Automotive Manufacturing News –

Bentley to Debut Plug-In Hybrid at Beijing Show (The Diesel Driver)

Corvette lovers: Meet Chevrolet's 2015 Z06 convertible (The Detroit News)

Ford calls 2015 Focus sedan 'significant update' (The Detroit News)

Goodbye, side mirror: Automakers push for cameras (CNBC)

GM SUVs get top crash scores, Honda Pilot at bottom (Detroit Free Press)

GM to invest $450 million in two Michigan plants (Detroit News)

Honda, Mercedes top KBB brand image awards (Autoblog)

Future Ford Explorer and Expedition May Be Candidates for Conversion to Aluminum (Edmunds)

High(er) Country: Chevy Debuts Fancy High Country Versions of 2015 Silverado HD (Car and Driver)

‘King of Lemon Laws’ Files Suit Against Tesla (F&I Showroom)

Land Rover previews new Transparent Hood technology (Kelley Blue Book)

The future of “Made in America” is Tesla, not Ford (Quartz)

Toyota Introduces High-Efficiency Engines, Plans up to 14 Variants (Car and Driver)

Toyota’s future manufacturing plans see humans replacing robots (Automotive News)

- Automotive Retail News –

Audi Joins Mercedes in Posting Best Monthly Sales Ever (Bloomberg)

Carfax Helps Consumers Find The Right Car With the Right History (WSJ)

CarMax Breaks Yearly Sales Record (Auto Remarketing)

Convertible Car Sales Have Plunged as Image of Fun and Freedom Dims (Businessweek)

Dealers Rake in Healthy Used Sales to Close Q1 (Auto Remarketing)

New-vehicle sales driven by off-lease volume, Manheim analyst says (Automotive News)

Subprime Surge Helps March Used Sales Soar (SubPrime)

Tesla Rolls Out New Business Leasing Program (The Wall Street Journal)

US Auto Sales Accelerated on the Drive Thru in March (ABC News)

VW orders U.S. dealers to stop selling cars with new engine (Automotive News)

- Automotive Wholesale News –

March AuctionNet Volume Drops; Q1 Tally Climbs (Auto Remarketing)

Vincentric Announces 2014 Best Value Awards (TruckTrend)

Wholesale Prices Begin to Even Out (Auto Remarketing)

- Automotive Ownership News –

Gas Prices Rise Higher Than a Year Ago (KickingTires)

NHTSA launches first-ever national distracted driving campaign with brutal ad (Autoblog)

Obamacare could cut the cost of car insurance (CBS News)

Senate panel votes to protect driver 'black box' privacy (The Detroit News)

Young and Single? You'll Pay More for Car Insurance (NBC News)

- Automotive Enthusiast News –

Fast & Furious Supercharged ride coming to Universal Studios (Autoblog)

New York Auto Show Preview: The Best Cars of 2014 (Forbes)

What to Expect at the 2014 New York Auto Show (Chicago Tribune)

- Automotive Servicing News –

Automobile recalls are on pace to break recent highs (LA Times)

BMW recalls popular cars, SUVs for possible stalling (USA Today)

Dealers see parts trickle in for recall repairs (Automotive News)

Ford Recalls Nearly 435,000 Cars to Fix Faulty Parts (Time)

Global auto parts manufacturer plans $122-million Michigan expansion, addition of 545 jobs (MLive)

GM finds new ignition flaw, will replace second part (CNN Money)

Toyota-GM Seen Ushering in Era of Big Recalls (Bloomberg)

Toyota recalls about 6.4 million vehicles globally (Detroit Free Press)

- General Business & Executive News –

ADP Announces Plan for Spin-Off of Dealer Services Business (MarketWatch)

Ally Financial: From bailout shame to lame IPO (CNN Money)

Bankruptcy Filings Drop 12 Percent in Q1 (Auto Remarketing)

Business lobby proposes minimum wage ‘compromise’ (MSNBC)

Consumer Spending Picks Up in U.S. as Incomes Increase (Businessweek)

Decline in New Businesses Suggests More Satisfied Workers (WSJ)

France bans work e-mail after 6pm (USA Today)

Google Glass available to anyone for one day only (CNN)

Jumpstart Automotive Group Partners with Rubicon Project (WSJ)

J.D. Power executive named CEO of DealerRater (BizJournals)

The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now (Mashable)

Top 10 airlines: Who’s up, who’s down ? (USA Today)

Year of hope, promise veers badly off course for GM (Automotive News)

Yelp’s Deal With Yahoo Has Small Businesses Crying Foul (WSJ)

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