Top Automotive Industry News for Week of August 31 - September 6, 2015

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of August 31, 2015 - September 6, 2015.

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

-AEA Membership News-

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-Automotive Manufacturing News-

Apple, Google bring smartphone functions to car dashboards (Detroit Free Press)

Bentley says its new Bentayga will be the world’s fastest SUV (Automotive News)

BMW Aims to Redefine “The Ultimate Driving Machine” (The Detroit Bureau)

Chevy’s New Volt Is Way Better, But Maybe Not Good Enough (WIRED)

Elon Musk Has a Production Problem (Bloomberg)

Fiat Chrysler CEO says merger with GM 'a high priority' (Fortune)

Fiat Chrysler to move Jeep Cherokee production out of Ohio (Reuters)

Fiat-Chrysler’s unique plan for investing in their employees (CBT News)

Fiat hopes new 500X pulls brand out of sales slump (Detroit Free Press)

Here are the best and worst car brands for 2015 (Fortune)

Jaguar Extends Free Maintenance to Entire Price-Reduced Lineup (Cars.com)

Land Rover Has a Cloaking Device for Your Horse Trailer (WIRED)

Laser Breakthrough Could Speed the Rise of Self-Driving Cars (WIRED)

Mercedes' Tesla fighter will have 311-mile range (autoblog)

That decked-out first-run Tesla Model X will cost you $140K (Engadget)

Toyota spends $50 million to accelerate self-driving car program (USA Today)

Will Chrysler's revived Wagoneer be a new Woody? (CBS)

-Automotive Retail News-

AutoNation Won’t Sell Any Cars Subject To Recalls (The Truth About Cars)

Cars take 34% longer to enter used market; 4 reasons why (Auto Remarketing)

CFPB Regulations Could Raise Vehicle Prices (DrivingSales)

CPO sales spike 44% for Volvo this year (Auto Remarketing)

How millennials are defying predictions about their car buying habits (CBT News)

Jaguar cuts prices to hit heart of luxury market (CNBC)

Lexus Grabs Second Monthly U.S. Sales Win, Narrows Gap With BMW (Bloomberg)

Mazda Unveils All-New 'Retail Evolution' Dealership Design (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Sam's Club & TrueCar launch car-buying program (Auto Remarketing)

The Average New Car Payment Is Nearly $500 a Month (Time)

The driving force behind strong U.S. auto sales (CBT News)

U.S. Auto Sales Chugging Along Despite Expected Drop In August (Forbes)

U.S. auto sales roll on to best year in a decade (LA Times)

U.S. auto sales surge in August to highest level since 2005 (Market Watch)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Depreciation to Reach 14-14.5 Percent by End of 2015 (Vehicle Remarketing)

Sales are up as price movement varies widely at auction (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

For Labor Day Drivers, Lowest Gasoline Prices in 11 Years (The New York Times)

Honda Sweeps Top Two Spots on Most Stolen List (The Detroit Bureau)

These 11 Cities Have the Best Drivers in the U.S. (Time)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

Cars from this decade are now the most active on the auction market (Fortune)

GM unveils restored 1 millionth Corvette (Detroit News)

Neck-Snapping New Shelby May Be the Most Fun Mustang Ever (WIRED)

The Name’s DB9 GT Bond Edition—Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition (Car and Driver)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Fiat Chrysler offers $100 debit cards to owners of recalled U.S. vehicles (Reuters)

Fiat Chrysler U.S. to recall 7,810 SUVs to prevent hacking (Reuters)

Honda recalls Fit to prevent stalling (USA Today)

Nissan to recall 300,000 vehicles over braking issue (CNBC)

Wireless car updates to save billions, transform service experience, IHS predicts (Automotive News)

U.S. lowers estimate of Takata air bags needing repairs (LA Times)

-General Business & Executive News-

2 fronts where $100M facility helps Pelican Auto Finance (Auto Finance News)

Factory slowdown puts wrinkle in U.S. growth outlook (Reuters)

Ferrari CEO will not leave post before IPO: Marchionne (Reuters)

Google’s Driverless Cars Run Into Problem: Cars With Drivers (NY Times)

Google Will Soon Start Punishing Mobile Sites That Use Annoying App Install Ads (TechCrunch)

Groundbreaking Electric Car Sharing Program Launches in an Unlikely City (Time)

Hyundai Sales Chief Bob Pradzinski Out (The Banks Report)

Internet entrepreneurs back Chinese Tesla rival NextEV (Reuters)

Part 2: The Evolution Of A Category – The Changing Landscape Of Third Party Sites (DrivingSales)

Solutions For The Auto Industry's Health Care Conundrum (Forbes)

Used Car Retailer, Shift, Raises $50 Million In Round Led By Goldman Sachs (TechCrunch)

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