Top Automotive Industry News for Week of February 22 - February 28, 2016

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week February 22, 2016 - February 28, 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-

2016 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study (J.D.Power)

Audi Targets New SUVs Big and Small (Bloomberg)

Audi tops U.S. Consumer Reports vehicle ratings as Tesla falls (Reuters)

Automakers not currently promoting EVs are probably doomed (autoblog)

BMW, Toyota Most Admired Auto Companies, Forbes Says (The Detroit Bureau)

Consumers May Complain About In-Car Bluetooth, But Advance Safety Tech Will Save Lives (Forbes)

Electric cars 'will be cheaper than conventional vehicles by 2022' (The Guardian)

Farewell to the Phantom, as Rolls-Royce Readies a New Flagship (The Detroit Bureau)

Ford confirms $145M Cleveland Engine Plant investment (Detroit Free Press)

Ford expands models offering its turbocharged engines (USA Today)

Ford Plans to Triple Its Investment in Self-Driving Cars in the Next 5 Years (AdWeek)

GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler slide on Morgan Stanley price warning (Reuters)

GM, Toyota stand out in J.D. Power dependability rankings (Detroit Free Press)

Honda aims for green cars to make up two-thirds of line-up by 2030 (Reuters)

Indiana allows Tesla to keep selling its electric cars (USA Today)

Judge to VW: Find a fix quick for dirty diesel cars (The Detroit News)

Miked Up 26: What makes a good or bad car name? (The Detroit News)

NHTSA faulted for training, staff oversight (Automotive News)

Nissan Leaf app deactivated because it's hackable (USA Today)

Nissan to buy back $3.5 billion in shares (Automotive News)

Report: Uber to Expand Self-Driving Car Research (Ratchet and Wrench)

Tesla offers free towing for up to 500 miles in N.A. (Automotive News)

Tesla's Indiana Reprieve; Utah Court Fight (The Banks Report)

Tim Cook Just Gave Another Tantalizing Hint About the Apple Car (Time)

U.S. judge turns up heat on VW with March emissions fix deadline (Reuters)

VW’s Crisis Strategy: Forward, Reverse, U-Turn (The New York Times)

-Automotive Retail News-

2015 a Record Year for Used-Vehicle Market, Edmunds Reports (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Cadillac Proposes Virtual Showrooms For Its Smallest Dealerships (DrivingSales)

California Dealers Question Legality of GM’s Online Sales Portal (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Changes abound in car retailing (Auto Remarketing)

Consumers on Pace to Spend More Than $32 Billion on New Vehicles in February (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Delinquencies on subprime auto loans hit 6-year high (Detroit Free Press)

Edmunds’ 2016 Five Star Dealer Awards recipients (Auto Remarketing)

February U.S. sales pace may be highest for month since 2000, analysts say (Automotive News)

Lease credit approvals rise slightly after ending '15 on ‘down note’ (Auto Remarketing)

Lithia boosts used sales by almost 40% (Auto Remarketing)

Meet DealerRater’s 2016 Dealer Of The Year (CBT News)

Publics post solid Q4 results in F&I revenue per vehicle (Automotive News)

Sonic closes 2015 with 9 sales & profit records (Auto Remarketing)

Start-ups aim to change how you buy a car (CNBC)

Used Cars Hit Record High Prices, Report Says (Edmunds)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

2 segments struggling amid overall strong auction market (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Americans drive 3.1 trillion miles in 2015, a new record (LA Times)

Risky Behavior Behind the Wheel Running Rampant, Survey Says (The Detroit Bureau)

Technology Problems Top a List of Car Complaints (The New York Times)

The most and least expensive vehicles to insure in 2016 (CNBC)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

An ultra-rare Ferrari-beating 1960's Ford is for sale and it could fetch millions (MSN)

Exotic Supercars Will Dominate Geneva, Europe's Most Important Car Show (Forbes)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Air bag recalls extend to Saab, Saturn (LA Times)

Ford recalls 51,470 Transit wagons for seat belt defect (CNBC)

Scientists Find Causes of Takata Air Bag Explosions (Time)

Two deaths, Canadian probe cause huge Toyota SUV recall (CNBC)

Up to 90 million more Takata airbag inflators may face U.S. recalls (Reuters)

-General Business & Executive News-

2015 DrivingSales Dealer Satisfaction Award Winners (DrivingSales)

Advertisers Don’t Like Facebook’s Reactions. They Love Them (Wired)

Another Oil Crash Is Coming, and There May Be No Recovery (Bloomberg)

Automakers Cover Dealers' Digital Ad Costs (Ward’s Auto)

CDK Completes Acquisition of Red Bumper, NewCar IQ (The Banks Report)

Google shutters auto insurance, mortgage comparison site after one year (ZDNet)

Maven launches in face of loyal Zipcar base (Detroit Free Press)

Nissan Dealers Suing Automaker Over Illegal Incentives (DrivingSales)

Reynolds and Reynolds Acquires ReverseRisk (The Banks Report)

Study Finds Car-Sharing Isn't A Threat To Car Ownership But Autonomous Vehicles Could Cut Into Sales (Forbes)

The Electric Car Revolution Is Now Scheduled for 2022 (Wired)

TrueCar's Perry Lays Out Plans to Win Back Dealers, OEMs (F&I Magazine)

US Economy Growing but Faces International Headwinds (ABC News)

Visa wants your car to become your new credit card (CNBC)

Zipcar Is Making a Radical Change to its Car-Borrowing Biz (Time)

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