Top Automotive Industry News for Week of March 30 - April 5, 2015

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of March 30, 2015 - April 5, 2015.

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

-Automotive Manufacturing News-

2016 Cadillac CT6 Launches the $12 Billion Comeback (Yahoo)

2016 Chevy Spark aims to attract younger buyers (USA Today)

Aston Martin Developing Electric Rapide—with 1000 Horsepower? (Car & Driver)

Audi's A3 e-tron aims to eliminate range anxiety (CNBC)

Automakers reinvent and reimagine at the New York auto show (CNet)

Autonomous car completes 3,400-mile U.S. road trip (Detroit Free Press)

BMW i8 takes home World Green Car of the Year at New York auto show (Auto Week)

Carmakers amp up passenger cars to compete with SUVs (The Detroit News)

Ford Gives $10 An Hour Raises To 700 Workers (Auto Spies)

Ford revives the Lincoln Continental, aims at US and China (CNBC)

GM betting on fuel efficiency despite low oil cost (CNBC)

GM says Korea labor costs have surged, but has no plans to exit (Reuters)

Honda unveils stunning new Civic (USA Today)

Kelley Blue Book Announces 2015 Brand Image Award Winners (KBB)

Land Rover's new $200,000 SUV is most expensive ever (CNN)

McLaren's 'wow' sports car (USA Today)

Mercedes-Benz C-Class wins 'World Car of the Year' (The Detroit News)

More OEMs Setting Up Research Offices in Silicon Valley (Ratchet and Wrench)

New Volkswagen Beetle is on the way (autoblog)

Porsche introduces fastest Boxster ever (CNBC)

Self-driving cars still this far away: Delphi CTO (CNBC)

Tech race propels carmakers (The Detroit News)

Tesla and Elon Musk's 'major new product line'—is it a battery? (CNBC)

Toyota shows 2016 RAV4 -- including first hybrid (USA Today)

Toyota to end expansion freeze, invest $1.3 billion in two new Mexico, China plants: sources (Reuters)

Toyota to offer low-cost auto-braking and safety features (LA Times)

Volvo Cars plans to open its first U.S. plant (Detroit Free Press)

-Automotive Retail News-

'Apple way' inspires Seattle dealer (Automotive News)

Autobytel Partners With Scion to Provide ‘Virtual Showroom’ (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Automotive Sales Could Grow 24% if Retail Experience Improved (Driving Sales)

AutoNation's CEO isn't afraid of interest rate hikes (USA Today)

AutoNation's March sales rise 5 percent (Automotive News)

Autotrader: Consumers want car buying process changes (The Detroit News)

Big Apple Regulator Out to Halt ‘Predatory' Auto Loans (Auto Remarketing)

Calif. dealers brace for curbs on water use (Automotive News)

CarMax shares up as profit beats estimates (MarketWatch)

CarMax will step up store-opening pace (Automotive News)

Customer Experience Study Identifies Expectation Gap Between Dealers and Consumers (DrivingSales)

Dealer Group Predicts Best U.S. Auto Sales In A Decade, In 2015 (Forbes)

Dealerships not endangered, but need improvement (Detroit Free Press)

Detroit carmakers report mixed US sales results in March (CNBC)

Do you know which buyers are more likely to haggle over used vehicle prices? (CBT News)

GM to earn $350 million over three years from 4G technology in cars-CFO (Reuters)

GM, Ford sales fall; Fiat Chrysler's up for 60th month (USA Today)

NADA Chief Economist Maintains 16.94 Million-Unit Prediction (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Tesla dealer fight battles continue: success in GA, failure in WV (autoblog)

Tesla reports record deliveries in Q1 (USA Today)

Tim Jackson discusses the trends to watch out for at the Innovative Dealer Summit (CBT News)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

AiM, Manheim Form Strategic Alliance (Vehicle Remarketing)

March Another Solid Month for CPO (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

California Utilities Look to Manage EV Charging (Forbes)

Cities With the Worst Rush-Hour Traffic (Forbes)

The Connected Car Faces Its First Class Action Lawsuit (Forbes)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

2015 New York Auto Show recap (autoblog)

How They Made Furious 7’s Tricked-Out Cars (WIRED)

Sir Richard Branson Wants To Change The World With Electric Race Cars (Yahoo Autos)

-Automotive Servicing News-

2015 BMW 4 Series convertibles recalled to fix airbag programming woes (autoblog)

Amazon Launches Marketplace For Home and Automotive Services (DrivingSales)

Auto supplier to plead guilty to price fixing (Detroit Free Press)

Jury awards $150M in Jeep Grand Cherokee fire case (USA Today)

Smart phone app aims to automate car repairs (Detroit Free Press)

Zubie And AutoNation Partnership To Increase Customer Service (DrivingSales)

-General Business & Executive News-

50 companies business students dream of working for (Business Insider)

Buffett Won’t Steer F&I, Defends Franchise Model (F&I Showroom)

Business travel is back, perks are not (USA Today)

Fresh off the Lot, Yahoo’s New Digital Magazine - Yahoo Autos (MarketWatch)

Infographic: a Glimpse Into the Millennial Mind (AdWeek)

Low consumer spending points to slow first quarter (MarketWatch)

McKinsey: Dealers Must Focus on Operations, Marketing (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Transportation Bill Would Give NHTSA Stop-Sale Power (DrivingSales)

Volvo just released a simple product that could prevent cars from hitting cyclists (Business Insider)

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