Top Automotive Industry News for Week of May 18 - May 24, 2015

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of May 18, 2015 - May 24, 2015.

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

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-Automotive Manufacturing News-

Aston Martin says Alabama is 'obvious choice' for US plant (autoblog)

Audi Plans to Add Flagship, Electric SUVs to Overtake BMW (Bloomberg)

BMW sees shortage of crossovers in the United States (autoblog)

Chevrolet offering big discounts on Volt plug-ins (USA Today)

Daimler, Qualcomm to develop in-car tech, wireless charging (Today Online)

DOT head: GM 'learned a hard lesson' after recall (Detroit News)

Fiat Chrysler CEO approached GM about a merger, was rebuffed (Reuters)

GM to invest $439M in Corvette plant (Detroit News)

Honda Shifting from Cars to Trucks (Detroit Bureau)

Honda's Pilot pricing shows it's serious about SUVs (USA Today)

Hyundai Likely to Build Santa Cruz Pickup, New B-Segment SUV (Detroit Bureau)

Hyundai to boost output of Tucson SUV (Automotive News)

Jeep halts deliveries of new SUV due to software (USA Today)

New Ford F-150 knob eases backing up a trailer (USA Today)

Next Jeep Wrangler won’t go all-aluminum; all-wheel-drive Chrysler minivan in the works (Autoweek)

NHTSA evaluates complaints of coil spring fracture in Nissan cars (CNBC)

NHTSA extends federal oversight of General Motors (CNBC)

Nissan CEO: On track with self-driving cars by 2020 (USA Today)

Tesla responds to 'undriveable' review (Detroit Free Press)

Tesla's wonder cars tripped up by dumb door handles (USA Today)

Toyota claims hydrogen fuel cell breakthrough (autoblog)

Toyota, Honda have best supplier relations in U.S. - study (Reuters)

Volvo Sees New Plant As Key Cog In Reviving Brand's U.S. Fortunes (Forbes)

-Automotive Retail News-

A Pop-Up Tesla Store Just Started Its US Tour (Time)

Auto loans hit Q1 record, subprime fears ease (USA Today)

Big 3 Offering ‘Aggressive’ Lease Deals for Holiday (Auto Remarketing)

California auto dealers' lawsuit contends TrueCar violates sales laws (LA Times)

Follow These Steps to Reach CPO Shoppers Online (Auto Remarketing)

Jeep Returns To Tokyo Motor Show After Eight-Year Absence (The Truth About Cars)

Memorial Day deals expected to lure car buyers (CNBC)

New Vehicle Sales Booming in May, Tracking for 17 Mil (Detroit Bureau)

Sales to Hispanics outpacing the market (Auto Remarketing)

Subprime Auto Loans Fall to Lowest Level in Three Years (Vehicle Remarketing)

Tesla Was Just Dealt Another Huge Blow (Time)

Top reasons why consumers buy used cars (CBT News)

Which Used Cars are Losing Resale Value Quickest? (USA Today)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Auburn, Ind. auction brings plenty of sales and some bargain prices (Detroit News)

Influx of Off-Rental Program Cars Drives Up Auction Prices (Auto Remarketing)

Used EVs & Luxury Rides May Be Easy Sell This Season (Auto Remarketing)

Vintage Ferrari could sell for $14M at auction (CNBC)

-Automotive Ownership News-

AT&T working on exclusive content for connected cars (Reuters)

American driving in ’15 hits all-time record (Detroit News)

Gas Prices Should Stay Low This Summer, And Could Hit $2 By Fall, Researchers Say (Forbes)

Insurers Overcharging Low-Mileage Drivers, Consumer Group Claims (Detroit Bureau)

More phones, more wrecks? Distracted driving on the rise (CNBC)

Oregon to test pay-per-mile idea as replacement for gas tax (CNBC)

Shopping for Low Gas Prices Is a Waste (Time)

Toyota Prius batteries being targeted by car thieves (Arstechnica)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

Big Tire Turns 50, but Big Nail Isn’t Invited to Party (Wall Street Journal)

Flying car companies aim for takeoff in 2017 (CNN Money)

Meet the All-Female Team on a Quest to Shake Up Indy Racing (WIRED)

Monaco car collector profits from 'flipping' Ferraris (CNN Money)

Townsend Bell's 'Robert Graham Special' Is Coolest Car At Indy 500. But Can It Win? (Forbes)

-Automotive Servicing News-

33.8M car air bags ordered replaced, one of largest recalls ever (USA Today)

GM ignition switch deaths hit 104 (USA Today)

NHTSA prepares to coordinate, accelerate Takata recall (Automotive News)

NHTSA questions FCA recall response rate in 20 recalls (Detroit Free Press)

Porsche recalls 918 Spyder on cooling system risk (Reuters)

-General Business & Executive News-

24 of the best pieces of advice ever given to graduates (Business Insider)

Air bag recall expected to be largest in U.S. history (The Detroit News)

Autobytel Buys Dealix & Autotegrity for $25 Million (Auto Remarketing)

Auto Industry Digital Ad Spend Continues To Grow (DrivingSales)

AutoVIN Acquires DataScan Vehicle Inspection Business (Vehicle Remarketing)

Consumers’ Expectations for U.S. Economy Drop Most Since 2013 (Bloomberg)

Driverless Cars May Cut U.S. Auto Sales 40%, Barclays Says (Bloomberg)

Nvidia makes push into self-driving vehicles (CNBC)

The World’s Top CEOs Are Tweeting More, Facebooking Less (Recode)

TrueCar Denies Claims in CNCDA Lawsuit (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Uber's experimental cars are driving around Pittsburgh (Engadget)

Why every company should ban salary negotiations right now (Business Insider)

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