Top Automotive Industry News for Week of February 8 - February 14, 2016

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week February 8, 2016 - February 14, 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-

Audi, BMW sell fewer luxury cars than Mercedes (Reuters)

Carmakers Retreat From Quirky Designs as Millennials Embrace Mainstream (The New York Times)

Daimler to invest $2.9 billion for next generation diesel engine (Reuters)

Did BMW really win the luxury car sales race? (Autoblog)

Elon Musk: Tesla to accept orders on new car (USA Today)

Expanded Takata recall hits Volkswagen (USA Today)

Ford CEO Mark Fields to unveil new vehicle, in-car tech at Mobile World Congress (MLive)

Ford to build plant in Mexico, ramp up output from the country (CNBC)

Ford to launch 4 -- count 'em -- 4 new SUVs (USA Today)

Ghosn Hints At Very Low Cost EVs: "People Want Them To Be Cheap." (Forbes)

Google’s driverless car push gets a boost (CNBC)

Government considers Google computer to be car’s driver (Detroit Free Press)

Honda Tops Annual Best Cars for the Money List (The Detroit Bureau)

How Electric Cars Would Benefit From Obama’s Oil Tax (Cheatsheet)

Infiniti Powers Up with Three New Engines for Q50 Line (The Detroit Bureau)

It Ain’t Easy Being Green! Honda Sued Due to Soy Wire Covering (The Detroit Bureau)

Luxury automakers falling behind on digital marketing: L2 (Luxury Daily)

More Bold Talk From Elon Musk, But Can Tesla Motors Deliver? (Forbes)

Nissan LEAF Earns Automotive Loyalty Award (Ratchet and Wrench)

Nissan quarterly profit up on sales; keeps forecasts (Detroit Free Press)

Tesla Fixed a Big Problem With Its Self-Driving Feature (Time)

Tesla stock surges, as Elon Musk tweets timeline on Model 3 reservations (Market watch)

Tesla reports big Q4 loss, but shares rise on outlook (USA Today)

Toyota Pays $21.9 Million to Settle Discrimination Charges (The Detroit Bureau)

U.S. regulators upgrade, expand Fiat Chrysler gearshift probe (Reuters)

VW Plans to Make U.S. Diesel Owners an Offer They Can't Refuse (Fortune)

Who's the driver of that Google car? Feds ready to say it's the computer (LA Times)

Why Jeep Ran a Vertical Ad on the Super Bowl With 112 Million Watching Horizontal Screens (AdWeek)

-Automotive Retail News-

Cox Auto goes with VinSolutions as primary CRM tool (Auto Remarketing)

CU Direct's network ranks third, again, in auto-loan originations (Automotive News)

Full-size SUVs Aren’t Taking Part in the SUV Boom (The Truth About Cars)

GM's Online Used-Car Purchasing Site Goes Live (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Off-lease creates big 'opportunity' for CPO (Auto Remarketing)

More U.S. Auto Buyers Falling Behind on Payments (The Detroit Bureau)

Pickups, utility vehicles to star at Chicago Auto Show (The Detroit News)

Subprime auto loans, delinquencies rising: Experian (CNBC)

Used-car volumes 'manageable' with strong remarketing (Auto Remarketing)

U.S. demand for trucks, SUVs far outpaces cars (Marketwatch)

Which marketing tactic gives the best ROI? (Driving Sales)

Why American Drivers Have Stopped Buying Small Cars (Time)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Auction Sales Rise in 2016; Wholesale Prices Shy of 2011 High (Vehicle Remarketing)

Large vehicles to show value strength in 2016 (Auto Remarketing)

Late-model units sway January price trends (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Average US gas price falls 8.2 cents in two weeks: Survey (CNBC)

Hyundai, Acura top KBB ownership awards (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

New trucks, concepts drive car shoppers to 2016 Chicago Auto Show opening (Chicago Tribune)

These Affordable Enthusiast Cars Prove We're In A New Golden Age (Jalopnik)

-Automotive Servicing News-

705,000 Mercedes-Benzes Recalled in U.S. Over Takata Air Bags (Time)

Daimler recalls 840K cars due to Takata air bags (CNBC)

GM recalling 473,000 SUVs, pickups in North America for brake pedal problems (Reuters)

Why Carl Icahn's Pep Boys Purchase Is Brilliant (Motley Fool)

VW, Audi recall 850K vehicles to fix air bag inflators (The Detroit News)

-General Business & Executive News-

6 technology trends to impact auto finance in 2016 (Auto Remarketing)

Auto insiders want candidates to focus on manufacturing (Detroit Free Press)

Automakers, Super Bowl's Ad Stalwarts, Opt for Less Air Time (Bloomberg)

In-car data poised to rewrite rules of auto insurance (IBJ)

Jeep's 'Portraits' Wins Super Clio for Best Ad of the Big Game (AdWeek)

J.D. Power: Perception of Manufacturer Website Speed Impacts Shopper Satisfaction (Auto Dealer Monthly)

New Job Listings Spotted For Google’s Self-Driving Car Project (DrivingSales)

Vast Closes $14 Million Investment from Capital One Growth Ventures (Dealer Marketing)

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