Top Automotive Industry News for Week of June 15 - June 21, 2015

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of June 15, 2015 - June 21, 2015.

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

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-Automotive Manufacturing News-

After smooth 1st year, Ford's Fields faces 'breakthrough' challenge (Automotive News)

Automakers stuck with too many cars, not enough trucks (USA Today)

BMW i8 PHEV Unit Wins 2015 International Engine of the Year Award (Truth About Cars)

G.M. and Nissan Reusing Old Electric Car Batteries (NY Times)

GM asking advisors for help rekindles FCA merger talk (Reuters)

GM, Hyundai, Nissan, VW top J.D. Power quality awards (Detroit News)

GM’s 4G connection to boost consumer features, revenue (Detroit News)

Honda Gives Up On Natural Gas Cars, Shifts To A New Generation of Hybrids, Plug-Ins And Fuel Cells (Forbes)

Honda’s Adorable Little SUV Is This Summer’s Hottest New Car (Time)

Infiniti confirms the reveal of the production Q30 Concept (emg CarTech)

Jaguar Land Rover tech tracks brainwaves, heart, lungs (autoblog)

Jaguar Land Rover Develops Remote-Control App (The Detroit Bureau)

Korea widens lead over Japan, Detroit in car quality (Detroit Free Press)

Mercedes-Benz improves and renames its midsize SUV (USA Today)

Move Over Tesla: Samsung Jumps Into Driver's Seat On Electric Car Development (Forbes)

Nissan Sentra to be 'almost all new' after midcycle freshening (Automotive News)

Now Chinese-Owned, Fisker Announces its U.S. Return (Detroit Bureau)

Take a spin with Google's self-driving car chief (CNBC)

Tesla Mass-Market Model 3 Lineup To Include Crossover: Report (Forbes)

Tesla Model 3 expected to drive sales through 2020 (CNBC)

Tesla partners with leading researcher to cut battery costs, report (MarketWatch)

Toyota, Acura Take Top Awards for Best Retained Value (Ratchet and Wrench)

U.S. report finds fuel-economy targets can be met -- at a cost (Auto News)

Volkswagen to be revamped into four holding companies: sources (Reuters)

VW U.S. chief sees ‘limited growth' until new SUVs arrive (Reuters)

-Automotive Retail News-

AutoNation Moves Customers Closer to Buying Cars Online (WSJ)

CarMax Sales Raise Caution on Auto Pricing (WSJ)

CarMax's stock falls after sales miss expectations (MarketWatch)

DealerRater: 5 tips on negative-review responses (Auto Remarketing)

Honda Poised to Set New US Sales Record in 2015 (Detroit Bureau)

How one store’s online sales process is leading to success (CBT News)

How 3 top independent dealers excel in used sales (Auto Remarketing)

Lexus, Trailing in Sales, Leads Luxury-Auto Registrations (Bloomberg)

New Tech Will Allow a Car to Literally Sell Itself (Time)

One-price growing pains and gains (Automotive News)

Survey says: Acceptance of alt-fuel cars on the rise (Detroit Free Press)

Urban Myth Refuted: The One Stop Car Shopper (DrivingSales)

Workers Lose Jobs as Small Car Sales Slide (Detroit Bureau)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

3 tricks to help you minimize wholesale loss (CBT News)

Auction price drops expected to slow this month (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Adding a Teen Will Nearly Double Parents’ Insurance Bill (Detroit Bureau)

Auto loan defaults sink to new low (Auto Remarketing)

Don’t Trust Your Car’s Fuel Economy Rating? You’re Not Alone (Time)

Insurance Cos Likely to Be Caught Unprepared by Autonomous Vehicles (Detroit Bureau)

Most Vehicles Don't Do A Good Job Helping Parents Properly Install Child Car Seats, New Report Finds (Forbes)

Study: Cost and length of commute go up (CNBC)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

Bill could launch new American classic car industry (Fox News)

Britain's 'Top Gear' gives the wheel to a new host (CNBC)

How on earth do you stop a 1,000 MPH Rocket Car? (WIRED)

Top Gear’s Three Musketeers Set To Return With New Series (Truth About Cars)

What F1 Cars Would Look Like if F1 Got Its Act Together (WIRED)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Honda adds 1.39 million more vehicles to Takata recall to fix Civic and Accord (autoblog)

Michigan named among cheapest states for car repairs (Detroit Free Press)

NHTSA: Fiat Chrysler failed to address safety in timely way (USA Today)

Toyota recalls 1.37 million more vehicles for Takata airbags (autoblog)

Future Of Automotive Aftermarket And Car Servicing: Consumers Will Have More Channels To Shop Around (Forbes)

-General Business & Executive News-

Audi, BMW, Mercedes favored by Nokia for maps deal, report says (Automotive News)

BB&T Switching to Flat Fee Compensation Model (F&I Showroom)

California Labor Commission rules an Uber driver is an employee, which could clobber the $50 billion company (Business Insider)

Car Lister Secures $6.5 Million in Funding (Auto Dealer Monthly)

CDK Global Announces Transformative Plan, Appoints Brian K. MacDonald To Board (DrivingSales)

Cox Automotive to buy Dealertrack in $4 billion deal (Reuters)

Fed leaves interest rates unchanged (CNBC)

How Kirk Kerkorian changed Detroit's auto industry (USA Today)

KAR Auction Services Expands to UK (Vehicle Remarketing)

N.Y. Dealers Targeted for Payment Packing and Other Deceptive Practices (Auto Dealer Monthly)

The best airlines in 2015 don't include any based in the U.S. (Mashable)

U.S. economy shows signs of heating up — but not sizzling (Marketwatch)

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