Top Automotive Industry News for Week of February 20 - February 26, 2017

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week February 20, 2017 - February 26, 2017.

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

-Automotive Manufacturing News-

Automakers urge new EPA chief to withdraw Obama car fuel-efficiency rules (Reuters)

BMW, Mobileye in deal to collect map data for self-driving cars (CNBC)

Carlos Ghosn stepping down as Nissan CEO (USA Today)

Electric Car Design Tricks That Make Them Go Farther (Forbes)

Ford wants your new car to pick a song – or tell a joke (The Detroit News)

GM, PSA haggle over $9 billion pension gap, report says (Automotive News)

GM demands non-compete clauses in return for Opel patents: Spiegel (Reuters)

Head of U.S. Honda to leave air bags behind, turn to gin and vodka (LA Times)

Huge semis rolling down the highway may soon have no one at the wheel (USA Today)

Lexus Tops 2017 J.D. Power Dependability Study (DrivingSales)

Mercedes studying U.S. sales of new pickup (Automotive News)

Musk: Tesla may raise more capital to 'reduce risk' (CNBC)

Porsche, Lexus, Toyota top J.D. Power dependability study (USA Today)

PSA woos Opel workers with vow to keep jobs, brands (The Detroit News)

Some VW customers are still waiting for their buybacks, 4 months after court approval (LA Times)

Tesla expects to reach volume production of Model 3 by September (CNBC)

Tesla reports wider quarterly loss but beats sales expectations (MarketWatch)

Tesla to announce four more Gigafactory plants by end of year (autoblog)

Volkswagen caps executive pay, tightens bonus eligibility (Reuters)

VW exec pleads innocent in diesel case (USA Today)

VW Turns Bigger-than-Expected 2016 Profit (The Detroit Bureau)

Will Hyundai's New Ioniq Hybrid Be Enough To Unseat Mighty Prius, Reverse U.S. Sales Slide? (Forbes)

-Automotive Retail News-

Auto Incentives Average 10 Percent Off Sticker In February, Analysts Say (Forbes)

Cars.com Expands Pricing Tools to Improve Consumer Shopping Experience, Leverages New Dealer Panel for Testing (Yahoo News)

David Kain: How third-party car sites fit into the online advertising universe (CBT News)

Edmunds honors over 800 dealers for customer satisfaction (Auto Remarketing)

February forecasts see flat U.S. sales despite heavy discounts (Automotive News)

February New-Vehicle Sales to Decline 3%, KBB Says (Automotive Fleet)

February U.S. auto sales seen up 0.6 pct - JD Power-LMC (Reuters)

New York Fed: Auto Originations Reach 18-Year High in 2016 (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Sonic Automotive Hits Record Fourth-Quarter Levels For Several Metrics (DrivingSales)

Tesla wants to offer vehicles with one price, including insurance and maintenance (TechCrunch)

Top 6 Things Car Dealers Do To Make Car Buying Difficult (Driving Sales)

US New Car Sales Expected to Rise Slightly in February (The Detroit Bureau)

VR, other tech perks may become crucial to online car-buying (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Auction sales volume up 17% to start year (Auto Remarketing)

KAR to Invest Up to $25M in Online Sales Platform (Vehicle Remarketing)

Wholesale Truck Values Continue to Thrive, Luxury Cars Struggle (Vehicle Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Revolution in Highway Safety Needs a Little Help (Bloomberg)

What your car knows about you (The Detroit News)

Where American Commuters Spend The Most Time Stuck In Traffic [Infographic] (Forbes)

Winter Driving Costs Drivers $3 Billion Annually (The Detroit Bureau)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

Kurt Busch makes last-lap pass to win Daytona 500 (ESPN)

The new presidential limo is almost ready and way bigger than a Suburban (autoblog)

The Toyota Concept-i gives AI a human face (CTV News)

Top Gear's Official Trailer For Season 24 Already Looks Better Than Most Of Season 23 (TopSpeed)

Watch Roborace’s self-driving racecars duel for the first time ever (The Verge)

-Automotive Servicing News-

BMW recalls 19,000 i3 REx models for possible fuel vapor leak (autoblog)

-General Business & Executive News-

2016 Investments In Car Tech Startups Exceeds $1 Billion (DrivingSales)

Atlanta joins cities competing for robot car test track (The Detroit News)

AutoGravity Announces Partnership With Westlake (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Cadillac Takes on 'Divided Nation' in Oscars Ad (Ad Age)

Clash Of The Autonomous Titans: Alphabet's Waymo Sues Uber Claiming Tech Theft (Forbes)

FTC Investigating Auto Lenders’ Use Of GPS Tracking (DrivingSales)

Santandar to stop using GPS-tracking, ignition kill switches to repo cars (Dallas News)

Smartphone distraction is increasing auto insurance rates (ABC News)

The Auto Loan Industry’s Warning Light (Bloomberg)

Uber Hires Former US Attorney General Holder for Sex Harassment Investigation (The Detroit Bureau)

Why Investors Love Elon Musk, Even Though Tesla Is Losing Money (Forbes)

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