Top Automotive Industry News for Week of February 16 - February 22, 2015

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of February 16, 2015 - February 22, 2015.

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

-Automotive Manufacturing News-

10 Automobiles Competing for 2015 World Car of the Year (Cheatsheet)

15 Cars With the Most North American-Made Parts (Motor Trend)

Apple aims to begin production of electric car by 2020 (CNBC)

Apple Hairball? Ex-GM CEO Says Building Cars May Not Be Worth It (Bloomberg)

Don't expect to hear about second-gen Nissan Leaf anytime soon (autoblog)

Ford F-150 arms winter warriors with plow option (The Detroit News)

Former GM CEO warns Apple about automaking (USA Today)

GM may dump Chevrolet Bolt name for new EV (USA Today)

Hyundai to enter U.S. commercial vehicle market as part of $1.8 billion offensive (Automotive News)

Infiniti shows new QX30 small crossover concept (USA Today)

Infiniti's US Leadership Changes Hands Once Again (Auto World News)

It's official: Rolls Royce confirms SUV plans (CNBC)

Jaguar reportedly prepping fully electric F-Pace (autoblog)

Kia Reveals Sportspace Wagon Concept Ahead of Geneva (Motor Trend)

Mercedes hints at new menacing racing car (USA Today)

MIT: Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication A Breakthrough Technology (The Truth About Cars)

Nissan Eyeing 10% of U.S. Market Share (DrivingSales)

No Student of History, Cadillac Sets Out to Repeat Mistakes (AdAge)

Tesla could open up to 12 Texas stores if legislation passes (Automotive News)

These Are the 9 Cars That Disappeared in 2014 (TIME)

Ultra-luxury SUVs on the way (CNN)

Volvo Presents Drive Me - Self-Driving Cars For Sustainable Mobility (Top Speed)

Volvo Promises 7 New Models In Next 4 Years (Auto Spies)

-Automotive Retail News-

A look at how consumer tax returns affect used vehicle sales (CBT News)

Auto loan balances hit record $866B in Q4 (USA Today)

Auto loans surge, but who's buying may surprise you (CNBC)

Automotive Marketing: How to Win Over Multitasking Shoppers (Driving Sales)

Car Technology: The future is now (USA Today)

Cheap gas no threat to high-m.p.g. vehicles (Detroit Free Press)

How to approach the problem of serving subprime customers (CBT News)

Industry Asks CFPB to Consider 3 Points of ‘Flawed’ Analysis (Subprime)

In luxury car sales, status counts, and the rich get richer (Fortune)

Koch Brothers, Sierra Club side with Tesla in dealer fight (autoblog)

Nokia is paving the way for driverless cars (CNN)

Study: Car buyers don’t look to social media for info (The Detroit News)

Top horsepower-per-dollar cars in 2015 [UPDATE] (autoblog)

Tweaking incentives could aid the adoption of electric vehicles (The Washington Post)

UAW chief: Raise worker pay, keep companies competitive (Reuters)

WSJ’s Jeff Bennett Talks GM’s Shop-Click-Drive Initiative With DrivingSales News (DrivingSales)

Why Tesla Continues To Flop In China (Forbes)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Average used car price hits record high in 2014 (USA Today)

CPO Grabs Over 20% Share of Franchised Used Sales (Auto Remarketing)

Not Just Leases: Trade-Ins Help CPO Pool (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Drive badly? It'll cost you more in some states (CNBC)

For Many in US, Cash Saved at Gas Pump Is Staying in Pockets (ABC)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

McLaren brings new race car to Geneva (USA Today)

Sotheby's acquires 25 percent of RM Auctions (autoblog)

This Super-Intense Racing Simulator Costs as Much as a New Corvette (Wired)

Warren Buffett's Cadillac sells for $122,500 (CNN)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Daicel to build U.S. airbag inflator plant earlier than planned (Automotive News)

GM gets 75 more ignition-switch claims; 4 more death claims approved (autoblog)

NHTSA hits Takata with $14K daily fine for airbags (USA Today)

Toyota asks court to reduce $11M jury award in crash (The Detroit News)

Toyota recalls 250 vehicles in two separate campaigns (autoblog)

-General Business & Executive News-

Apple's Talent Poaching Is Real Threat To Auto Industry (Forbes)

Autobytel Invests in GoMoto’s Car-Shopping HUBs (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Auto industry fights back against hackers (USA Today)

Bosch CEO: Tech industry interlopers force car industry to react (Reuters)

Dealertrack, Hyundai Partner on Digital Marketing (Auto Dealer Monthly)

How Connected Cars Will Transform Industries (Forbes)

Judge: Merchants can steer you to lower-cost card (Nasdaq)

Lawsuits facing Uber, Lyft could alter sharing economy (CNBC)

'Mr. K,' Datsun pioneer and father of the Z car, dies at 105 (Autoweek)

Ricky Beggs Retiring From Black Book (Vehicle Remarketing)

Top Bidder of ADESA Motorcycle Auction to Raise Additional Funds for the NADA Foundation (NADA)

TrueCar stalls out despite revved up results (USA Today)

U.S. manufacturing output grows modestly, hit by auto decline (Reuters)

Why Buffett and Soros are buying into GM now (Fortune)

Why Tax Refunds ‘Not Looking Good’ So Far (Auto Finance News)

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