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

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

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

- AEA Member Related News -

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- Automotive Manufacturing News -

As Maserati Eyes Women, They'll Need More Than Just an SUV and Affordable Sedan (But They're a Start) (Bloomberg)

BMW, Audi lead shift from mass-market to luxury car output in Mexico (Automotive News)

Ford to keep base price stable on Explorer, but raises top trim level (Automotive News)

GM down to 1 million cars that need ignition switch fix (The Detroit News)

GM ordered to produce ex-CEO Wagoner's 2009 performance review (Automotive News)

Honda May Face Record U.S. Fine Over Unreported Deaths (Bloomberg)

Honda Says It Underreported Serious Accidents (WSJ)

Japan to Ask Automakers to Recall Vehicles With Faulty Takata Airbags (The New York Times)

Lexus' Bracken says 300,000 U.S. sales 'is within our grasp' this year (Automotive News)

Lexus Still Eyeing U.S. Sales Crown Without Sub-$30,000 Vehicle (Bloomberg)

Mercedes to unveil new AMG Sport line in Detroit at 2015 auto show (MLive)

Mexico Emerges as Luxury Source With BMWs After Beetle Era: Cars (Bloomberg)

Scion nixes convertible, turbocharged FR-S (Automotive News)

Tesla may team with BMW on batteries, chargers (USA Today)

- Automotive Retail News -

22.5% Share for CPO this Month (Auto Remarketing)

Auto Sales, Loans Surging To End 20 14 (Driving Sales)

AutoTrader.com Study Finds In-Car Technology Offers A Big Conquest Opportunity (MediaPost)

Black Friday Car Sales Explode in Popularity (NBC News)

Black Friday, Year-End Deals Boost U.S. Auto Sales In November (Forbes)

Changing Consumer Perception Fueling Sport-Car Demand (Auto Remarketing)

Chrysler Blitzes American Music Awards With Fergie, Imagine Dragons and More (AdAge)

Discounts, falling gas prices driving Nov. sales higher (Automotive News)

Hyundai, Kia to Sell Combined Record 8 Million Vehicles (USA Today)

Independents Expected to Enjoy Sales Rebound in November (Auto Remarketing)

JD Power-LMC forecast U.S. November auto sales up one percent (Reuters)

Lincoln, VW Captives Rank Highest in Customer Satisfaction, JD Power Reports (F&I Showroom)

More shoppers skip the mall to buy cars on Black Friday (Fortune)

Q3 Originations Rise to Highest Amount in Nearly 10 Years (SubPrime)

Subprime Delinquencies Still in ‘Healthy’ Range (SubPrime)

TrueCar Forecasts 17 Million SAAR in November as Early Black Friday Events Prime the Market (CNNMoney)

Used Car Week: A Look Back (Auto Remarketing)

- Automotive Wholesale News -

3 Key Drivers for Dealer & Commercial Consignment Volumes (Auto Remarketing)

Auction Prices 'All Over The Board' (Auto Remarketing)

Full-Size Vans Only Vehicles With Rising Residual Values (Vehicle Remarketing)

- Automotive Ownership News -

Cell Phones Are America's Primary Driving Distraction [Infographic] (Forbes)

Crude oil's plunge expected to drive gas prices to $2.60 a gallon, or less (USA Today)

Even with exploding air bags, driving is getting safer (Yahoo! Finance)

New Year's Day is auto thieves' favorite holiday (Los Angeles Times)

- Automotive Enthusiast News -

Dealer's vintage car auction packs 'em in (Automotive News)

Remember Fisker? He's back with Ford Mustang muscle (USA Today)

The 10 Coolest Cars at the LA Auto Show (Wired)

- Automotive Servicing News –

100,000 Mazda6 sedans recalled for tire-monitoring systems (Automotive News)

Chrysler says air bag recall will start earlier than planned (Reuters)

Fiat Chrysler fire back at NHTSA over recalls (USA Today)

Latest Takata Air-Bag Rupture Took Place in a Toyota (The Wall Street Journal)

Takata Airbag Recall Could Reach 20 Million (Driving Sales)

NHTSA closes probes into 600,000 Ford, GM vehicles (Automotive News)

- General Business & Executive News -

A mile-long line and 3,000 flights canceled or delayed as travel woes strike (CNN)

Best Buy’s Website Goes Down on Black Friday (TIME)

Bing’s Update Ranks Mobile-Friendly Results Higher (Driving Sales)

China Soon to Have Almost as Many Drivers as U.S. Has People (The Wall Street Journal)

Fewer people expected to shop Cyber Monday (USA Today)

Fewer shoppers hit the stores on Black Friday (CNN Money)

Google has driven 42% of online shopping sales (USA Today)

The business executive's guide to San Francisco (CNN Travel)

These Apps Mean You'll Never Wait in Line for Coffee Again (Businessweek)

U.S. economy is improving, just in time for the holiday shopping season (Fortune)

U.S. Stocks Gain for Month as Airlines, Retailers Rally (Bloomberg)

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