Top Automotive Industry News for Week of December 29, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of December 29, 2014 – January 4, 2015.

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

- AEA Member Related News -

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- Automotive Manufacturing News -

13 intriguing new vehicles coming in 2015 (USA Today)

Audi earmarks $29 billion through 2019 to chase BMW's crown (Automotive News)

Automakers put fresh emphasis on performance models (The Detroit News)

Beastly: Ford Trademarks EcoBeast Name, Possibly for 2016 Raptor (Car and Driver)

CES 2015: General Motors Unveils New Connected Car Features (ABC News)

Conventional Gas-Powered Cars Will Be in Minority by 2017 (The Detroit Bureau)

Ford report takes look at generation Z (The Detroit News)

Germany's luxury brands to showcase tech lead at electronics show (Automotive News)

GM share buyback to cut 4Q net income by $800 million (The Detroit News)

GM spends $3.9B to redeem preferred stock (Detroit Free Press)

Hands free driving's big test (CNBC)

Hyundai Will Add Two Factories in China to Meet Demand (Bloomberg)

Manufacturing grows less than forecast in December (Chicago Tribune)

New Ford Sync to feature weather, safety apps (The Detroit News)

Study Illustrates The Importance Of YouTube For The Automotive Industry (DrivingSales)

Tesla software upgrade will let Model S reach 155 mph, carmaker says (LA Times)

Trucks Triumph in the Year of Filling Up Cheaply (Bloomberg)

- Automotive Retail News -

AutoNation’s new SmartChoice Express online storefront (CBT News)

BMW’s Relations With China Dealers Strained (The Wall Street Journal)

CarMax extends yearlong subprime test (Automotive News)

CarMax shares rise 53% in two months (USA Today)

December Auto Sales Finish 2014 On A High Note (Forbes)

December auto sales up sharply (LA Times)

Ford's F-150 TV ads play up capability, down MPG (USA Today)

Hyundai, Kia predict slower sales growth rate (USA Today)

In The Money: U.S. Auto Sales Head For 17 Million In 2015 (Forbes)

Is This Really Why Ford's Sales Are Down? (FOX Business)

It's Truly a December to Remember for Auto Business (Advertising Age)

Jeep Closing in on 1-Million Unit Sales Mark (The Detroit Bureau)

Lincoln Brings Matthew McConaughey Back to Promote 2015 MKZ (Motor Trend)

Low gas prices could bring high December auto sales (Fortune)

SUVs, crossovers drive 2014 vehicle sales (The Detroit News)

The best of times, and worst of times, for America’s auto industry (The Washington Post)

- Automotive Wholesale News -

3 Head-Scratchers from December Auction Market (Auto Remarketing)

CarMax: Used-Price Drops Not Cause for Panic (Auto Remarketing)

NADA Outlines 1-Year-Old Mainstream Model Retention Rates (Auto Remarketing)

- Automotive Ownership News -

Diesel fuel still costly despite fall in gas prices (USA Today)

Ford, Life360 Team Up For Safe Driving (DrivingSales)

Gas prices below $2 a gallon for 1st time since '09 (Detroit Free Press)

Happy New Year! Buying a car? Mind the hype (CNBC)

Legal Marijuana Forcing States to Examine Impaired Driving Laws (The Detroit Bureau)

Teenagers Driving Old Cars: A Deadly Combination (The Detroit Bureau)

- Automotive Enthusiast News -

Across Europe, custom cars make a comeback (Automotive News)

At CES 2015, Connected Cars Will Steal the Gadget Spotlight (Bloomberg)

Car collectors seek one-off models in quest for exclusivity (Yahoo! Finance)

First Chevrolet Corvette race car on sale for nearly $7 million (FOX Sports)

Of the 20 Most Expensive Cars Sold at Auction in 2014, 14 Wore a Ferrari Badge (TopSpeed)

- Automotive Servicing News -

Auto Industry Galvanized After Record Recall Year (CNBC)

China Auto-Parts Factory Blasts Kill 17 (The Wall Street Journal)

FCA recalls 66,819 older pickups for clutch problem after 1 fatality reported (Automotive News)

Ford recalling 25,000 vehicles in two new campaigns (The Detroit News)

GM Starts 2015 Off With Recall, Stock Redemption (Auto Remarketing)

Lincoln MKC recalled to move push-button start from near touchscreen (Automotive News)

Takata names new general counsel in North America (The Detroit News)

Volkswagen recalls 37,979 cars to head off fuel leaks (USA Today)

- General Business & Executive News -

10 things you'll pay more for in 2015 (CNN)

2014: The Year of the Recall (The Detroit Bureau)

Beepi Lands $12.7 Million Investment (DrivingSales)

Federal government lost $9.26B on auto rescue (The Detroit News)

Moody’s Sees Silver Lining in Regulatory Scrutiny of Auto Finance (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Must-Have Gadgets You Don't Need Will Glimmer at the Consumer Electronics Show (Bloomberg)

New auto sales predicted to reach decade-high 17 million (CBT News)

Predictions for 2015—and Beyond (Dealer Marketing Magazine)

Stocks score hat trick: Post 3rd year of 10%-plus gains (USA Today)

Super Bowl Ad Tracker: Everything You Need to Know About 2015's Big Game (Adweek)

The Traditional Auto Show Is Over (Business Insider)

Top 10 Advertising Stories of 2014 (Adweek)

U.S. factories grow at slowest pace in 6 months (The Detroit News)

What does 2015 hold for the crazy auto industry? (Detroit Free Press)

What Will Be Hot At 2015 CES? Self-driving Cars, Connected Homes, And Yes, Really Cool TVs (Forbes)

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