Top Automotive Industry News for Week of January 12 - January 18, 2015

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of January 12, 2015 – January 18, 2015.

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

- AEA Member Related News -

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- Automotive Manufacturing News -

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Debut in Detroit (Automobile)

Acura seeks track cred with new NSX (Automotive News)

A new Volt, new trucks, new optimism in Detroit (CNBC)

Alfa Romeo set to launch first SUV in 2016 (Automotive News)

Bentley Names Its New SUV, And It's A Mouthful (Forbes)

BMW Targets Fifth Record Year With 15 New Models (Bloomberg)

Buick hints at flagship sedan with Avenir concept x (Automotive News)

Buick reveals 2016 Cascada convertible for U.S. market (The Detroit News)

Cadillac unfurls most powerful car in its history (Yahoo)

Carmakers shed shyness, floor it at Detroit show (USA Today)

Chevy Bolt concept to get 200-plus EV range, cost $30K (The Detroit News)

Chevy extends all-new Volt's EV range a third to 50 miles (Automotive News)

Detroit Auto Show: Jaguar to court younger buyers with XE compact sedan (Los Angeles Times)

Detroit Stages Throng of Trucks as Cheap Gas Fuels Demand (Bloomberg)

Electric-car rivals like the ‘Tesla killer’ are exactly what Elon Musk wants (The Washington Post)

Elon Musk: Tesla will make millions of electric cars (Detroit Free Press)

Exclusive: Volvo to sell Chinese-made cars in U.S. this year - execs (Reuters)

Ford Says Lightweight Aluminum For Trucks Only: No Cars Coming (Green Car Reports)

Ford secrecy before Detroit auto show spurs speculation (The Detroit News)

Ford's power play: New GT, Shelby Mustang and new Raptor (Detroit Free Press)

Golf, F-150 Win North American Car, Truck of the Year Awards (Bloomberg)

GM accused of misleading investors over recalls (Automotive News)

GM delivers record 9.9 million vehicles globally in 2014 (Automotive News)

Google Wants Automakers’ Help to Build Self-Driving Cars (TIME)

How Cadillac got left behind in the booming luxury car market (The Washington Post)

Hyundai eyes 'adventurers' with Santa Cruz concept (Automotive News)

Jaguar's first crossover, the F-Pace, to hit U.S. in 2016 (Automotive News)

Jaguar Land Rover Wants to Sell You Diesel-Powered Luxury (WIRED)

Lexus, With NX, Set to Threaten German Luxury Dominance in U.S. (Bloomberg)

Lincoln MKX grabs page from MKC (Automotive News)

Local Motors banks on plastic for future of cars (The Detroit News)

Marchionne says industry may have over-reacted on recalls (Automotive News)

Mercedes Swipes at BMW With Plug-In Hybrid C-Class Sedan (Bloomberg)

Nissan, seeking wider audience, retools Titan top to bottom (Automotive News)

Tesla Won’t Deliver a Profit Until 2020, CEO Musk Warns (The Detroit Bureau)

The 11 Coolest Cars From the Detroit Auto Show (Wired)

Toyota hopes to stave off GM threat with all-new Tacoma (Los Angeles Times)

Toyota to Drop Scion iQ as Smallest Car Fails to Win U.S. Buyers (Bloomberg)

- Automotive Retail News -

Are online ads motivating more used sales than print? (CBT News)

AutoNation's Mike Maroone to retire; CEO Mike Jackson to stay five more years (Sun Sentinal)

BMW to advertise EV in Super Bowl (The Detroit News)

Can subprime auto loans crash the financial system? (Fortune)

Carmax Starts Media Agency Review (AdAge)

Closed Chrysler dealers win appeals court ruling (The Detroit News)

Dealership adjusts as traffic changes course (Automotive News)

Few Automotive Brands Win With Their Super Bowl Ad Buy (Forbes)

Ford, Chevy really click in Edmunds awards (Florida Times)

In-store experience lacks online efficiency, panelists say (Automotive News)

KBB forecasts 16.9 million in U.S. sales, powered by retail demand (Automotive News)

Sales and leasing forecast to grow more slowly in 2015 (Automotive News)

Seinfeld Supplants Super Bowl Ad for Acura’s $150,000 NSX (Bloomberg)

Sonic Puts Big Focus on Pre-Owned (Auto Remarketing)

Standout auto ads awarded (The Detroit News)

Subaru expects 7th year of record U.S. sales (Automotive News)

TrueCar enhancing tools to improve automakers' incentive efficiency (MarketWatch)

VW plans to add 100 U.S. dealerships by 2018 (Automotive News)

- Automotive Wholesale News -

ADESA Details Changes to Dealer Services Division (Auto Remarketing)

Auction Price Declines Remain Modest Amid Expanding Supply (Auto Remarketing)

CAR 2015 Panel Set to Forecast Residual Values (Vehicle Remarketing)

Manheim Ends Year on Positive Note (Vehicle Remarketing)

More off-lease pickups, SUVs and crossovers in 5 years, KBB says (Automotive News)

Used-car market sees strong year-end close, says Manheim (CBT News)

- Automotive Ownership News -

Bosch outlines 10-year path to door-to-door driverless car (Automotive News)

Buyers Still Want Fuel-Efficiency Despite $2 Gas (Auto Remarketing)

Car Costs to Rise as Deadly Flaws Lead to Stricter Safety (Bloomberg)

Cheaper gasoline could save $300B across U.S. economy this year (Chicago Tribune)

Oculus Rift: Toyota Uses Virtual Reality to Teach Distracted Drivers (ABC News)

U.S. Drivers Start 2015 With Cheapest Gas in Six Years (Bloomberg)

Verizon Vehicle enters the connected car game (autoblog)

- Automotive Enthusiast News -

Auto Show’s Most Talked-About Car Is One You Can’t Buy This Year (Money)

Ferrari Shines at RM’s Scottsdale Auction (FOX Business)

Muscle car values roar back to life (CNBC)

On the block: GM's amazing Futurliner (Fortune)

Rare Cars Discovered in French Barn to Be Auctioned (ABC News)

The rare 1965 Shelby Cobra rolls off the printbed (CNET)

- Automotive Servicing News -

Autoliv Making Up to 25 Million Air Bags for Takata Fixes (Bloomberg)

GM does not have to turn over notes to ignition-flaw plaintiffs: judge (Reuters)

NHTSA probes ’13 Rogue for air bag issues (The Detroit News)

Self-serve auto shops cater to DIY mechanics (USA Today)

US Probes Jeep Cherokee Fire, Nissan Rogue Air Bag Trouble (ABC News)

- General Business & Executive News -

A look at the forecast for automotive trends in 2015 (CBT News)

Best LinkedIn Company Pages in 2014 (LinkedIn)

Dealers applaud GM Financial's ongoing buildup to full captive (Automotive News)

Elon Musk to Build a Test Track for his Hyperloop Dream (TIME)

IRS warns of tax refund delays (CNN Money)

Lexus Aims for Super Bowl Impact, While Other Car Brands Sit on the Sideline (AdWeek)

New White Paper Reveals Amazon’s Strategy of Low Price Perception (DrivingSales)

Postal Service proposes postage price increase (The Detroit News)

See the Best Car Ads of 2014 (AdAge)

U.S. Consumer Sentiment at Highest in 11 Years (FOX Business)

U.S. retail sales drop biggest in 11 months, but seen as a blip (Reuters)

Video of Dealership Personnel Hassling Pizza Guy Goes Viral (F&I Showroom)

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