Top Automotive Industry News for Week of March 5 - March 11, 2017

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week March 5, 2018 - March 11, 2018.

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

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-Automotive Manufacturing News-

A two-door SUV? Really? New Range Rover makes Geneva debut (USA Today)

Auto Industry’s Cure for Electric Car Blues: Be More Like Tesla (WSJ)

Breathtaking new cars, SUVs revealed at Geneva Motor Show (USA Today)

Cobalt: The Achilles Heel for Electric Car Makers (Forbes)

Electrics vs. gas guzzlers at Geneva Auto Show (The Detroit News)

Elon Musk sides with Trump on trade with China, citing 25% import duty on American cars (CNBC)

European Automakers Prepare for an Electric Future (The New York Times)

Fiat Chrysler CEO open to tie-up talks, just not yet (The Detroit News)

Ford's China vehicle sales in February fall 30 percent year-on-year (autoblog)

Ford to temporarily layoff about 2,000 hourly employees at Michigan (Reuters)

GM again faces potential $1 billion payout over defective ignition switches (MarketWatch)

GM increasing Chevy Bolt production in a step toward all-electric future: CEO Mary Barra (CNBC)

Hyundai taunts Tesla CEO Elon Musk in ad for electric SUV (USA Today)

McLaren Teases “Hyper-GT” – Its Fastest Car Ever (The Detroit Bureau)

Nissan turns out a new battery electric Leaf (LA Times)

Now, the industry's hunt for exemptions begins (Automotive News)

Porsche aims to use blockchain to secure customer data during digital transactions (Automotive News)

Porsche Positions Itself Against Tesla, on the Road and Beside It (The New York Times)

Toyota affiliate Denso buying $800 million stake in chipmaker Renesas (Automotive News)

Trump adopts steel, aluminum tariffs despite economic warnings (Detroit Free Press)

Volkswagen To Kill The Legendary Beetle (Forbes)

Volvo aims to boost luxury image (Automotive News)

VW Developing Unique, Premium EV Platform for Porsche, Audi, Bentley (The Detroit Bureau)

VW stays with diesel engines; Toyota is done (The Detroit News)

VW unveils electric flagship, the I.D. Vizzion (The Detroit News)

Why care about a tax on steel and aluminum? Michigan a top importer (Detroit Free Press)

-Automotive Evolution News-

Audi gets in on the flying car action with Airbus and Italdesign (TechCrunch)

Robo-Cars Spark A New Kind Of Road Rage (Forbes)

Waymo to launch a self-driving truck pilot in Atlanta for Google data centers (CNBC)

-Automotive Retail News-

Auto Loan Interest Rates Soar to Eight-Year High (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Best CPO Dealers: 2017 sales rankings by brand (Auto Remarketing)

Black Book: Used Retention Index Rises on Early Spring Selling Activity (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Carvana Forecasts Growth in Online Used Vehicle Sales (Vehicle Remarketing)

Cramer: Ride-sharing is killing car sales—and it's only going to get worse (CNBC)

Hyundai lists CPO vehicles for sale on (Auto Remarketing)

Lamborghini's $200,000 SUV sales are better than expected: CEO (CNBC)

Lower Interest in Passenger Vehicles Brings Down U.S. Auto Sales (DrivingSales)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Black Book’s index also demonstrates consistent track (Auto Remarketing)

Manheim uses 5-year, over $10M investment to grow Arizona operations (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

How far can you go on an ‘empty’ tank? Just look at this chart (autoblog)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

Honda Builds its 25 Millionth Automobile in the U.S. (Honda)

The world's first flying car you can buy is now taking orders (CNBC)

What’s new at the Geneva Auto Show: A Croatian hypercar, an electric Porsche, and more (NBC)

-Automotive Servicing News-

AutoLoop Study Reveals Why Auto Dealer Tire Sales Are Deflating (Dealer Marketing)

Dealer-FX Releases Customer Connect 3.0 (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Hyundai recalls Sonatas; air bags may not inflate in crash (USA Today)

U.S. vehicle recalls fall to lowest level since 2013 (Automotive News)

-General Business & Executive News-

AutoNation Named Best in Auto Marketing (PR Newswire)

AutoWeb's stock plummets after disappointing results, management departures (MarketWatch)

Carlease names former president, founder new board chairman (Auto Remarketing)

CDK launches new DMS along with new pricing model (Automotive News)

Chinese Automaker Geely Offered To Buy Fiat Chrysler For $22 Billion: Report (Jalopnik)

In #MeToo era, some question need for 'booth babes' at shows (USA Today)

Investors bet on component makers in electric car shift (Reuters)

Google introduces Speed Scorecard and Impact Calculator (DrivingSales News)

Trump's Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Could Raise Car, Beer And Candy Prices (NPR)

NADA launches dealership job initiative (Automotive News)

U.S. Bank to Offer Used Vehicle Financing Online (Vehicle Remarketing)

U.S. economy creates 313,000 jobs in February; wage growth slows (Reuters)

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