Top Automotive Industry News for Week of December 21 - December 27, 2015

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of December 21, 2015 - December 27, 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)

A lot to talk about in Google's new self-driving car patent (CNBC)

BMW hit with $40M penalty for safety lapses (CNBC)

BMW, Nissan Team Up on National Fast Charger Network (The Detroit Bureau)

Bridgestone raises offer for Pep Boys, trumps Icahn (Reuters)

CEO Mark Fields On Ford's Shift From Sheet Metal To Software And Mobility (Forbes)

Denso sees 60% sales boost from driver-assist systems through 2020 (Automotive News)

Faraday Future's Teaser Video Hints at What's Coming (Fortune)

Ford boosts patents in bid for tech prowess (USA Today)

Ford files a record number of patents in 2015 (The Detroit News)

Ford's stock surges after report of talks with Google to build driverless cars (Market Watch)

Google-Ford Self-Driving Car Project Makes Perfect Sense (WIRED)

How Google could put Ford out front in the race to build self-driving vehicles (Automotive News)

Inside the Making of BuzzFeed's Latest Branded Video for Hyundai (Ad Age)

Investors to receive one Ferrari share for every 10 FCA (The Detroit News)

Mercedes Replaces US Boss (The Detroit Bureau)

Porsche plant workers agree to less pay to produce electric car (Reuters)

Tesla Ramps UP Production Of The Model X, Initial Cars Start Arriving To Service Centers(AutoSpies)

Toyota To Remain World's Largest Automaker (Forbes)

Toyota tops global car sales in November, outsells VW for fifth month (Reuters)

UAW Files Labor Complaint Against VW (The Detroit Bureau)

Volkswagen ditching 'Das Auto' slogan (USA Today)

-Automotive Retail News-

Buick Among Brands Setting New Sales Records (The Detroit Bureau)

December New-Car Sales Close Record-Breaking Year, Up 13 Percent Year-Over-Year (KBB)

Edmunds Puts 2015 SAAR at 17.5 Million (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Electric Vehicle Shopper Documents Difficult Dealership Experience (DrivingSales)

GE Selling Hyundai Capital Shares to Hyundai, Kia (Auto Dealer Monthly)

How KBB Instant Cash Offer fits into digital retailing (Auto Remarketing)

Hyundai Sales Expected to Rise 18% in December, Lead Industry (24/7 Wall St)

In Boston, Nissan's a tough sell to dealers (Automotive News)

It's looking a lot like 2015 will be the best year ever for US auto sales (Business Insider)

Record-Breaking Car Sales in December Lead to Best Year Ever (Ratchet and Wrench)

The Best Deals On The Best Days Of The Year To Buy A New Car (Forbes)

Top 10 News Items for 2015 on Vehicle Remarketing (Vehicle Remarketing)

Volvo Looks For U.S. Sales Boost With Showroom Makeovers (The Wall Street Journal)

We had an interest rate hike last week, will it affect The Auto Industry? (CBT News)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Nissan Leaf shows worst early resale value (USA Today)

-Automotive Ownership News-

19 cars, SUVs you will no longer be able to buy (USA Today)

Gas prices fall below $2 a gallon for the first time since 2009 (CNBC)

California's HOV stickers are as popular as ever (autoblog)

The Highway Toll That’s Surprisingly Killing the Carpool (Time)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

6 cars we can't wait to see at CES 2016 (Tech Insider)

Hollywood, Motown collide for Detroit auto show debuts (The Detroit News)

Report: Nurburgring queen Sabine Schmitz, personality Chris Harris to join Chris Evans on Top Gear (emgCarTech)

Second vehicle possibilities for St. Nick (The Detroit News)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Fiat Chrysler recalls 413,000 SUVs (USA Today)

Ford recalls older large cars to fix headlight problem (CNBC)

Honda Chastised Takata as Deadly Air Bag Crisis Unfolded (Bloomberg Business)

Mitsubishi recalls 25,000 Mirages for wire corrosion (The Detroit News)

Ninth driver death linked to Takata airbag explosion; Honda extends recall to 127,000 CR-Vs (LA Times)

-General Business & Executive News-

Auto Industry Poised To Wrap Up A Blockbuster Year (NPR)

AutoNation Donates $1 Million to Cancer Research (Ratchet and Wrench)

California approves Flywheel, the app that makes taxis work like Uber (The Verge)

CarMax captive sees fewer subprime loan requests, more charge-offs (Automotive News)

Car tech took the wheel in 2015 (USA Today)

Cox Automotive Hires Zambezi As New Ad Agency (DrivingSales)

FTC Says Native Ads Must Carry Clear Disclosures (MediaPost)

Jumpstart Automotive Group Partners With Alfa Romeo For New Advertising Unit (MediaPost)

M&A Sizzles for New-Car Dealers (WSJ)

Mercedes-Benz USA Announces New CEO (DrivingSales)

Pep Boys in New Bridgestone Deal, Says Icahn Bid No Longer Superior (WSJ)

Rumored Ford-Google Tie-Up Could Signal Birth Of New Transportation Era (Forbes)

The biggest auto industry blunders of 2015 (Automotive News)

TrueCar wins, but fights on (Automotive News)

U.S. Economy Grew 2% in Third Quarter, Led by Consumer Spending (Bloomberg)

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