Top Automotive Industry News for Week of February 29 - March 6, 2016

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week February 29, 2016 - March 6, 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)

Aston Martin CEO plans for seven-vehicle lineup (autoblog)

Audi CEO rules out selling Lamborghini, Ducati brands (Reuters)

Audi profit hit by diesel scandal in hint of cost to parent VW (Automotive News)

Cadillac dares to reach a younger consumer (CNBC)

Exclusive - At 100, BMW sees radical new future in world of driverless cars (Reuters)

Faraday’s Future Bumpy; Nevada Nervous, First Car ‘No Tesla’ (CheatSheet)

FCA moves execs to focus on growing Ram internationally (The Detroit News)

Geneva auto show: Carmakers bet on SUVs, new tech (The Detroit News)

Google's Self-Driving Car Team Beefs Up Auto Experience (Fortune)

Honda Tops List of Best SUV Buys Under $25K (The Detroit Bureau)

Hundreds of Tesla Workers Walk Off Job in Nevada Labor Dispute (NBC News)

Infiniti unveils new performance branding (Automotive News)

Maserati's Latest Hope Is a $83,000 Luxury SUV (Fortune)

More bad news for Tesla and Elon Musk (CNN Money)

New 'Smart' Tires Coming For Self-Driving Cars (Forbes)

Next-gen Ford Mustang might come two years sooner (autoblog)

Renault-Nissan Boost Cooperation in $6 Billion Savings Push (Bloomberg)

Report: Apple leases Pepsi plant as car talk swirls (USA Today)

Tesla Takes on the Dealerships—and GM (Bloomberg)

Tesla’s Model 3 is a high-stakes car for the high-end automaker (Market Watch)

Too Many People Want to Buy the Ultra Luxurious $220,000 Bentley SUV (Time)

Toyota shakes up corporate structure to focus on product lines (Reuters)

U.S. regulators seek more input on heavy truck mpg rules (Automotive News)

US MPG levels plateauing after years of progress (autoblog)

Volkswagen 2-Liter Diesel Fix Plan Won’t Be Ready by Deadline (The Truth About Cars)

Volkswagen: We thought scandal wouldn't cost much (USA Today)

VW to pay staff bonuses for 2015, Audi workers' payouts fall (CNBC)

-Automotive Retail News-

Amazon of autos: 'We can make it easier' (Automotive News)

American Car Buyers Paying Record Prices, Going Deeper Into Debt (The Detroit Bureau)

Auto Sales by Manufacturer (Automotive News)

Auto Sales Up in February, Helped by Cheap Gas and Easy Credit (The New York Times)

Average New-Vehicle Transaction Price Reaches $33,781, KBB Reports (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Bank of America revs up auto loans business despite warning signs (CNBC)

Breaking down February's CPO sales (Auto Remarketing)

Discounts Boost February Auto Sales (Forbes)

Ford says Texas truck sales robust despite low oil prices (Reuters)

Ford, FCA post strong February; GM sales slipped (Detroit Free Press)

From three hours to 35 minutes, could the car buying process be changing? (CBT News)

Report: More new cars leased than ever (USA Today)

Sergio Marchionne Wants Fiat to Build an Apple Car (Bloomberg)

Strongest February ever for CPO sales (Auto Remarketing)

Take a virtual-reality stroll through FCA showroom? (Detroit Free Press)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Small car depreciation grows against typical seasonal trend (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Gas Prices on the Rise in the US (The Detroit Bureau)

You’re Not Alone if Your Monthly Car Payments Are Sky High (Time)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

Best investment for collectibles? Cars (CNBC)

Bugatti's $2.6 million Chiron is the fastest car in the world (Mashable)

Sexiest, Most Expensive And Fastest Cars At The Geneva Auto Show (Forbes)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Toyota expands Takata air bag recall by 198,000 cars (USA Today)

US investigates 420,000 Ford F-150s for brake failure (CNBC)

-General Business & Executive News-

75% of drivers wouldn't feel safe in driverless car (CNBC)

Bank of America revs up auto loans business despite warning signs (Reuters)

Detroit's auto industry barely mentioned in Republican presidential debate (Detroit Free Press)

DrivingSales Releases Final Installment on Consumer Experience Research (DrivingSales)

Google’s Self-Driving Car Caused Its First Crash (WIRED)

Top 10 Autonomous Car Facts: When Will Self-Driving Cars Arrive, What's Holding Them Up? (Forbes)

What You Missed At Mobile World Congress -- And Why You Shouldn't Have (AdAge)

Why the CMO of Subaru Is Leading a Shift to Psychographic Targeting (Inc.)

Yahoo Reportedly Auctioning Off Search Business (MediaPost)

YourMechanic raises $24 million to bring auto repairs to your door (SiliconBeat)

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