Top Automotive Industry News for Week of March 24 - March 30, 2014

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of March 24 – 30, 2014.

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

- Automotive Manufacturing News –

2015 Mustang to mark 50th anniversary atop Empire State building (Detroit Free Press)

A $1.2 billion message: Be candid (Automotive News)

Battle of the Dash: Tech Companies Try to Get Their Apps in a Row (The New York Times)

BMW to Spend $1B To Expand Output At South Carolina Factory By 50% (Forbes)

Ford investing $500 million to make new engine at Ohio plant (Reuters)

Honda, Toyota to roll out fuel-cell cars in 2015 (Reuters)

General Motors mysteriously halts sales of some Chevy Cruze models (Los Angeles Times)

Mazda Miata to celebrate 25th anniversary at New York (MSN Autos)

Mercedes to Double Beijing Factory Capacity as Sales Soar (Bloomberg)

Tesla Beefs Up Model S Bellies With Titanium Plating, NHTSA Gets Off Its Back (Car and Driver)

Toyota Plans Debut for Refreshed Camry to Defend U.S. Crown (Bloomberg)

- Automotive Retail News –

FTC Cracks Down On Deceptive Car Ads: Buyer Beware Goes For Online, Too (Forbes)

GM, Dealers Aim to Blunt Impact of Recall (The Wall Street Journal)

March U.S. Auto Sales Were In Like A Lamb, Out Like A Lamb (Forbes)

Tesla Agrees to Pact with Ohio Dealers (Fox Business)

Tesla in Pact With New York Auto Dealers for More Car Stores (Businessweek)

Top Brands for Dealership Customer Experience (Auto Remarketing)

Toyota Says Auto Sales Leap in March After Three Weak Months (TheStreet)

- Automotive Wholesale News –

Auction school for dealers: ADESA teaches retailers how to buy used vehicles online (Automotive News)

Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility Best-Selling Cop Car (Truck Trend)

Latest Paths of Used-Car Prices (Auto Remarketing)

NAAA Convention to Join with NRC in ’16 (Auto Remarketing)

Used Gross Profit Per Unit Climbs for Many Dealers (Auto Remarketing)

Wholesale Vehicle Prices Down in February (Vehicle Remarketing)

- Automotive Ownership News –

AAA Study: Extreme Cold Has Chilling Effect on EV Range (Kicking Tires)

Apps making car connectivity like smartphones (Chicago Tribune)

Cellphone use causes over 1 in 4 car accidents (USA Today)

Gas Prices Expected to Ease Up (NBC News)

Idaho, Wyoming to add 80 mph speed zones (LeftLane)

- Automotive Enthusiast News –

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 to pace the Indy 500 (KBB)

2014 Hennessey Venom GT World’s Fastest Edition Announced (autoMedia)

Auto enthusiasts get a peek at classic cars for this year's Concours d'Elegance (The Detroit News)

Hyundai Hires First Female Driver in Global Rallycross Series (autobytel)

- Automotive Servicing News –

Federal Safety Agency Ends Its Investigation of Tesla Fires (The New York Times)

GM adds 971,000 cars to ignition switch recall (MSN Autos)

Nissan recalling over one million vehicles for airbag issue (CNBC)

Toyota recalling 125,000 cars for inadvertent airbag deployments (The Detroit News)

- General Business & Executive News –

A ‘Crisis’ in Online Ads: One-Third of Traffic is Bogus (WSJ)

Ally Financial Eyes $3.1B IPO to Trim U.S. Stake (Fox Business)

Banks Lending Like It’s 2007 Belied by $10 Trillion Hoard (Bloomberg)

Connecticut becomes first state to pass $10.10 minimum wage (Reuters)

Facebook Enters the Matrix and Buys Oculus VR for $2 Billion (Businessweek)

Ford CEO gets 11% raise to $23.2M in 2013 (USA Today)

‘Go Cloud!’ Box Files for $250 Million IPO, Warns Not To Expect Profits (Forbes)

Unemployment Rates Fall in 29 US States Last Month (ABC News)

United Auto Workers membership grows slightly (TIME)

U.S. fourth quarter GDP nudged up to 2.6% (MarketWatch)

With Office for iPad, Microsoft Kills Its Old Ideology (Wired)

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