Top Automotive Industry News for Week of June 29 - July 5, 2015

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of June 29, 2015 - July 5, 2015.

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-

Apple minivan looks more like a mapper than a self-driver (autoblog)

Audi, Led By The New A4 Sedan, Mounting U.S. Attack (Forbes)

Auto Brand Loyalty Hits Highest Level in a Decade (The Detroit Bureau)

BMW Speeds Up the Roll-out of its New Plug-In Line-up (The Detroit Bureau)

BMW, Toyota Move Ahead on Sports Car With Agreement on Platform (Bloomberg)

Chevy’s New Cars Will Keep Your Phone Cool While it Charges (Time)

Dodge to debut new Hellcat ads, but good luck buying 1 (Detroit Free Press)

FCA outsells Ford on retail side for first time? Not so fast (Automotive News)

Ford's Mustang pulls ahead in sales race (Detroit News)

Google driverless cars in accidents again, humans at fault — again (USA Today)

John Mendel plans to keep Honda on top in California (LA Times)

Months After Saying Customers Yearn For Its New Diesel Pickup, Ram Just Now Delivering (Forbes)

Number of 'American-made' autos drops to new low (CNBC)

Robot hits, kills Volkswagen worker (USA Today)

Tesla Beats June Qtr. Model S Sales Expectations (Forbes)

The Case for Buying an Electric Car Is About to Get a Whole Lot Better (Time)

Toyota Mirai Fuel Economy Numbers Are In: It Gets 67 Miles Per Gallon Equivalent (Forbes)

Toyota: Zero-emission car will have longest range (USA Today)

Volkswagen says U.S. brand sales up 5.6 percent in June on Golf demand (Reuters)

Why Ferrari could be valued at $11 billion in its IPO (USA Today)

-Automotive Retail News-

2015 U.S. auto sales on track to hit a record (LA Times)

AutoNation's 9% June sales increase outpaces industry (Automotive News)

BMW slips past Mercedes with record June for U.S. luxury lead (Automotive News)

Cars sales still sizzle, but higher interest rates loom (Detroit Free Press)

Cars.com 2015 American-Made Index (autoblog)

Chrysler tops Ford, Toyota as GM slips 3% in June (CNBC)

Do you know what your shoppers want at your dealership? (CBT News)

Experian Examines the Muscle Car Resurgence (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Hybrid, EV sales tumble in 2015 (Detroit News)

Jeep Expects to Hit 1.2 Million in Sales in 2015 (The Detroit Bureau)

June CPO sales top 212K, sets new quarterly record (Auto Remarketing)

New-Car Transaction Prices Continue to Rise in June (Auto Dealer Monthly)

New Efforts Address Electric Vehicle Affordability (Forbes)

Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt sales both down in June (autoblog)

Trucks drive June auto sales (USA Today)

TrueCar announces its users have bought over 2 million vehicles (Automotive World)

Two Las Vegas Dealers Settle With FTC Over Deceptive Ads (DrivingSales)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Element to Acquire GE Capital's Fleet Business (Vehicle Remarketing)

Pickups continue to ‘defy’ seasonal auction price patterns (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Cars Owners Regret Buying (autoblog)

Hands-free or fine: New Hampshire 15th state to pass cellphone ban (autoblog)

Nine in Ten Millennials Say it’s “Important” to Own a Car (The Detroit Bureau)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

Check Out the World’s First 3-D Printed Supercar (Time)

Europe's most remarkable private car collection up in $40M auction (CNN)

Peek Inside Aston Martin’s Totally Bonkers, $2.3M Hypercar (WIRED)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Ford recalls 433,000 cars because engines won't shut off (USA Today)

US plans to penalize Fiat Chrysler over delayed recalls (Detroit News)

-General Business & Executive News-

10 Most Compelling Ad Campaigns of the Decade: Why They Went Viral (Inc.)

CFPB Preparing to Cite Three Captives, American Banker Reports (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Microsoft Will Power AOL Search, Transfer Some Advertising Work As It Sheds Hundreds Of Employees (TechCrunch)

NFL Announces Sponsorship Deal With Hyundai (adage)

Toyota Partners With Google Places For Geolocation-Centric Campaign (DrivingSales)

Toyota's Communications Chief Resigns Following Arrest (AdAge)

Suzuki Motor CEO names son to succeed him as president (Reuters)

U.S. Auto Sales Top Out In 2016, Dealer Association Economist Predicts (Forbes)

U.S. consumer confidence rises; manufacturing still soft (Reuters)

U.S. Economy Adds 223,000 Jobs; Unemployment at 5.3% (NY Times)

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