Top Automotive Industry News for Week of February 15 - February 21, 2016

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week February 15, 2016 - February 21, 2016.

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-

A Look At This Week’s Top OEM Headlines (CBT News)

Americans revert to buying gas-guzzlers (CBS News)

Aston Turns to Chinese Partner to Develop Electric Rapide (The Detroit Bureau)

BMW buoyed U.S. sales numbers by paying dealers to buy loaners, report says (Automotive News)

Bob Lutz: GM Knew VW's Vehicles Couldn't Pass California Emissions Tests (Forbes)

Ford’s Fusion Sport helps jump potholes (The Detroit News)

GM Creates New “Global Propulsion” Group (The Detroit Bureau)

GM ignition-switch plaintiffs ask to revise early trial plan (Reuters)

GM investing $148M in Tenn. to increase V-8 production (The Detroit News0

GM selling long-term bonds to help pay for pensions (USA Today)

Maserati releases first photos of its new SUV (USA Today)

Mercedes-Benz Facing Class Action Suit Over Diesel Emissions Claims (The Detroit Bureau)

Technology outpaces laws on ‘driverless car’ front (Detroit Free Press)

Tesla's Latest EV Is Good, Clean Fun (Forbes)

Volkswagen managers were notified about diesel probe in May 2014: sources (Reuters)

Volvo Plans To Be First Automaker To Go Fully 'Keyless' (Forbes)

VW led auto r&d spending in '15 (Automotive News)

-Automotive Retail News-

10 Best Types of Data for Automotive Marketers [Infographic] (Driving Sales)

6 years of steady franchised dealer count (Auto Remarketing)

Experts warn against long-term auto loan trend (The Detroit News)

Group 1 challenged with glut of less-desirable trades (Auto Remarketing)

Honda leads California new-car sales for 2015 (LA Times)

Merchants Named a 2016 Dealer of the Year by DealerRater (Auto Dealer Monthly)

TransUnion: 60-Day Delinquencies Reach Highest Level Since Q4 2010 (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Used-Vehicle Sales Drop 4% in January, NADA Used Car Guide Reports (Auto Dealer Monthly)

U.S. per-dealership sales rose again in 2015 (Automotive News)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

KAR still confident as GM launches own factory program (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Car theft rate starts to rise (USA Today)

Drive a Lexus? It may be the most ticketed car (CNBC)

If you can't afford a Tesla, now your kid can -- at $499 (USA Today)

Smart maps may hit the streets this year or next (Automotive News)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

Direct US flights to Cuba may open door to classic car culture (Autoblog)

James Bond's favorite car goes electric (CNBC)

James Bond's new Aston Martin sells for $3.5 million (CNN Money)

The real Wolf of Wall Street's Ferrari Testarossa is for sale (autoblog)

-Automotive Servicing News-

GM recalls 200,000 cars to fix air bags (USA Today)

Mazda recalls 1.9 mln vehicles in Japan, overseas over Takata airbags (CNBC)

Toyota recalls 2.9M SUVs over seat belts (USA Today)

-General Business & Executive News-

Asbury to shut down Jacksonville Q auto store (Auto Remarketing)

ADESA to buy Brasher's 8 auctions (Auto Remarketing)

Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment Firm Buys Massive Number Of AutoNation Shares (DrivingSales)

Daimler extends Dieter Zetsche's contract, appoints new R&D head (LeftLane)

Samsung's new dongle will connect your auto to the Web (CNet)

TEGNA Inc. Reports 2015 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results (Business Wire)

Tesla Motors Finally Owns Tesla.com (TechCrunch)

Time Inc. Buys Two Car-Focused YouTube Channels (WSJ)

TrueCar hires AutoAlert CEO Skutta (Auto Remarketing)

TrueCar Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial Results (Global Newswire)

Watch Nissan's New Self-Driving Office Chair In Action (Fortune)

Yahoo Junking Its Autos Website (The Detroit Bureau)

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