Top Automotive Industry News for Week of March 31 - April 6, 2014

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of March 31 – April 6, 2014.

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

- Automotive Manufacturing News –

Accord Plug-in plays keep-up (CNET)

Average fuel economy of new U.S. vehicles rises to 25.4 MPG (Automotive News)

BMW bets big on South Carolina (CNN Money)

BMW drops the top on the M4, reveals the Convertible ahead of NY debut (egmCarTech)

CEO Barra calls GM’s actions on deadly defect ‘unacceptable’ (Reuters)

Kia preps 8-passenger MPV for New York (Automotive News)

Ram expands Black Package to Heavy Duty pickup range (MSN Autos)

Tesla Model S is ‘low hanging fruit’ for hackers to remotely track or unlock cars (Engadget)

U.S. requires new cars to have backup cameras (CNN)

- Automotive Retail News –

After Rough Winter, Auto Sales Jumped in March (The New York Times)

Audi posts over 8% sales growth in FY14 (Business Standard)

AutoNation CEO declares 'epic winter' over, economy thawing (Reuters)

CarMax Breaks Yearly Sales Record (Auto Remarketing)

CNW Projects 'Healthy' Used Sales of 3.1M (Auto Remarketing)

Fiat Chrysler CEO seeks 4.5 million in car sales in 2014 (Detroit Free Press)

Ford sees U.S. 16 million annualized auto sales rate, including big trucks (FOX Business)

Ford, Chrysler, Toyota see March auto sales warm as winter fades (LA Times)

Mercedes Has Best Monthly Sales Ever With 13% March Gain (Bloomberg)

Nissan Leaf the Overwhelming Choice for EV Drivers Worldwide (Motorlogy.com)

Subprime Originations Rise for 5th Straight Year (Auto Remarketing)

Top Brands for Dealership Customer Experience (Auto Remarketing)

US light-vehicle sales rise 6% in March to 1.64 million units (4WheelsNews)

Volvo aims for 1 million car sales, chairman says (Automotive News)

- Automotive Wholesale News –

2014 to be a tipping point for used electric vans, says Manheim (EV FleetWorld)

Auction Prices Remain on Upward Tilt in April (Auto Remarketing)

- Automotive Ownership News –

Are recalls axing resale value of your GM car? (USA Today)

California bad dreaming? Gas prices heading higher (USA Today)

CFPB Consumer Complaint Volume Jumps 80 Percent (Sub Prime News)

Gas Prices Impact Driving Habits Less (KickingTires)

Survey Shows Swelling Number of Young Drivers Take Selfies behind the Wheel (CarScoops)

U.S. launches distracted driving crackdown (The Detroit News)

- Automotive Enthusiast News –

2014 New York Auto Show: 12 cars you can’t miss in N.Y.C. (NY Daily News)

Automatic driving monitor now available for Android (CNET)

David Hasselhoff to auction KITT replica (MSN Autos)

New Corvette gets driven by Scarlett Johansson in 'Captain America' (Automotive News)

- Automotive Servicing News –

Chrysler recalls 870,000 SUVs (CNN Money)

Corrosion Risk Prompts Ford Recall; Mazda Stung by Spiders (The New York Times)

Dealers unite behind Barra as damage control shifts to them (Automotive News)

New GM ignitions slowly trickle in; some dealers out of loaners (The Detroit News)

Total recall: Why so many automakers are recalling so many vehicles (Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Judge Refrains From Making GM 'Park' Recalled Cars (FOX Business)

Women Spend $300 Billion Per Year On Auto Repair (AdWeek)

- General Business & Executive News –

Atlanta's Still the World's Busiest Airport—but Maybe Not for Long (Business Week)

Beijing Auto out to acquire 'mid to high-end' US or Euro brand (autoblog)

In U.S. This Year, I.P.O.s Leave the Gate at Full Speed (NY Times)

Lithia Continues Store Acquisitions Push (Auto Remarketing)

Manufacturing data and car sales may show a warming economy (CNBC)

Microsoft Joins Amazon and Google in Cloud Price War (Re/code)

TrueCar Files to Raise $125 Million in IPO (Bloomberg)

U.S. jobs recovery is near - hold your applause (USA Today)

Wi-Fi speeds are about to triple (CNN Money)

Yelp Reviews Brew a Fight Over Free Speech vs. Fairness (The Wall Street Journal)

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