Top Automotive Industry News for Week of December 14 - December 20, 2015

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of December 14, 2015 - December 20, 2015.

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

-Automotive Manufacturing News-

A look at this week’s top OEM headlines (CBT News)

Acura Aims to Shift Gears with Debut of Precision Concept (The Detroit Bureau)

California Slams the Brakes On Google's Driverless Car (Forbes)

California’s New Self-Driving Car Rules Are Great for Texas (WIRED)

Elon Musk joins call to give VW break on diesels (USA Today)

Fiat Chrysler buys Tesla, Toyota, Honda emissions credits (Reuters)

Ford CEO confirms hybrid F-150 by 2020 (autoblog)

Ford debuts Gorilla Glass for 2017 Ford GT (Detroit Free Press)

Ford to begin testing self-driving Fusion in Calif. in 2016 (MarketWatch)

GM to invest $1B in Michigan after credits amended (Detroit Free Press)

Google fires back on proposed self-driving car rules (USA Today)

Hyundai Motor chairman says auto market 2016 outlook 'not bright' (Reuters)

Rising U.S. interest rates likely to dent automakers' earnings (Reuters)

The most fuel-efficient automakers in America (autoblog)

Toyota Keeps 2016 Production Plans Above 10 Million (Forbes)

Toyota Is Taking Another Step Towards Self-Driving Cars (Fortune)

Volkswagen hires Kenneth Feinberg to handle diesel cases (USA Today)

Volkswagen Shakeup Continues: Five New Chiefs Named (The Truth About Cars)

Volkswagen teases ‘completely new’ electric car concept (The Detroit News)

Volkswagen to shed 600 temporary jobs at German plant to cut costs (Reuters)

VW creates independent US claims program for affected cars (CNBC)

VW prepares to pay up to 500,000 emissions victims (Detroit Free Press)

-Automotive Retail News-

5 Ways to Maximize Your Dealership’s Service Revenue (DrivingSales)

Carmax used-car sales disappoint in third quarter (USA Today)

CarMax, consumer groups spar over recall repair responsibility (Automotive News)

CarMax's stock tumbles after profit and sales miss (MarketWatch)

Chevy places four vehicles in Google most-searched list (Automotive News)

Domestic car sales for 2015 poised to be best on record (LA Times)

EPA report shows backsliding on auto fuel economy and emissions, critics say (LA Times)

Humans Are Slamming Into Driverless Cars and Exposing a Key Flaw (Bloomberg)

Loans, leases to rise in 2016 as delinquencies hold steady, TransUnion says (Automotive News)

New-Vehicle Registrations Return to Prerecession Levels (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Rate hike speed bump for auto sales? (CNBC)

Some GM Dealers Say Apple CarPlay Boosts Auto Sales (DrivingSales)

Subaru, Lexus top Kelley Blue Book resale awards (The Detroit Bureau)

Traffic floods Bryan Honda’s Facebook sales beta test (Auto Remarketing)

Why Men Are Paying More Than Women for Car Leases (Time)

Why These Are The Top-Selling Vehicles Of 2015 (Forbes)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Typical December Auction Slowdown; Depreciation Disparities (Vehicle Remarketing)

Used depreciation down in November (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Average U.S. gas price soon under $2 (The Detroit Bureau)

The 5 Worst Cars of 2015 (Time)

These are the safest cars for 2016 (autoblog)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

$3m Shelby Competition Cobra headlines Scottsdale auction (autoblog)

Groovy VW bus could be coming back -- as an electric (USA Today)

Jaguar’s Joining Formula E Electric Racing, But It’s Not Just About the Races (WIRED)

Our video tribute to Star Wars with a Stormtrooper Charger (autoblog)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Exchange photos and videos with a mechanic using Openbay app (autoblog)

Fiat Chrysler recalling nearly 56K Jeeps to fix leak (The Detroit News)

Takata Finding That Poor Reputation Is Bleeding Over To Other Product Sales (Auto Spies)

-General Business & Executive News-

Advance Auto Parts could be mulling sale: Report (CNBC)

Ally to Finance Used Cars Bought Online With Beepi Partnership (Bloomberg)

Big Changes at FordDirect (The Banks Report)

Google to Make Driverless Cars an Alphabet Company in 2016 (Bloomberg)

Holiday Travelers to Top Record 100 Million (Patch)

One In Three Americans Consider Using Ad Blockers (MediaPost)

Online Car Startup Vroom Raises $95 Million And Buys A Competitor (Fortune)

Nielsen: Facebook Remains The Top App Of 2015, But Messenger Was The Fastest-Growing (TechCrunch)

The once-strong middle class no longer dominates America. (CNN Money)

Who is Having a Worse Year -- VW or Chipotle? (Ad Age)

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