Top Automotive Industry News for Week of October 3 - October 9, 2016

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week October 3, 2016 - October 9, 2016.

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

-AEA Membership News-

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-Automotive Manufacturing News-

3 Reasons Toyota Expects the Prius Prime to Be a Huge Success (Wall St. Cheat Sheet)

Aston Martin CEO: Forget Tesla, we'll lead with ultra-luxury electric vehicles (CNBC)

Can Toyota's New Plug-In Prius Peel Off Impatient Tesla Customers Waiting For Model 3? (Forbes)

Even Ford executives had issues with MyFord Touch (autoblog)

EVs, Autonomous Vehicles Hasten Auto Industry Transformation (The Detroit Bureau)

Feds seek to eliminate traffic deaths in 30 years (The Detroit News)

Fiat Chrysler must face U.S. lawsuit over safety compliance (Reuters)

Ford ends 91 years of automaking in Australia (USA Today)

Ford's Chariot expands to Austin (Detroit Free Press)

Goldman sees U.S. auto sales entering slow lane, downgrades sector (Reuters)

Henrik Fisker launches new electric car company (Reuters)

Judge Allows FCA Shareholder Suit to Proceed (The Detroit Bureau)

Mysterious Faraday Future Takes a Step Closer to Reality (The Detroit Bureau)

Nation’s Fuel Economy Average Continues to Decline (The Detroit Bureau)

Obama Administration Says Zero Road Deaths in 30 Years (The Detroit Bureau)

Prius Prime Gets 11.6-Inch Touchscreen; Cue More Upscale Hybrids? (Top Speed)

Robots could replace 1.7M U.S. truckers in next decade (The Detroit News)

Some new Volvos will talk to each other to warn drivers of slippery roads (CNBC)

Tesla Seeks Permission to Double Size of California Car Plant (WSJ)

Tesla sets record for vehicle deliveries and production in Q3 (CNBC)

Tesla's stock tumbles after Goldman Sachs downgrade (Market Watch)

The case for the iCar: Why an Apple car isn't crazy (CNBC)

The 13 Top Cars in Consumer Reports Road Tests (Time)

Toyota, Daihatsu to set up joint emerging markets company (Reuters)

Toyota's pint-size travel buddy (Automotive News)

U.S. opens safety probes into 642,000 SUVs, cars (CNBC)

VW has no plans to sell brands, Poetsch tells paper (Automotive News)

VW names its midsized crossover Atlas (AutoWeek)

Will Honda's Ridgeline Spur More 'Crossover' Pickups, Or Become Another Asterisk In Auto History? (Forbes)

-Automotive Retail News-

Auto dealers chief warns of Tesla direct sales model (USA Today)

Chase Teams With TrueCar on New Vehicle-Shopping Portal (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Electric car revolution brightens outlook for a medley of metals (Reuters)

Embracing your online car sales (CBT News)

Evaluating VW’s $1.2 billion offer to heal dealer relationships (Auto Remarketing)

Ford, GM, Fiat Chrysler sales fall in September (USA Today)

Ford truck, car and SUV sales drop in September (Market Watch)

GM, Costco Team Up on Holiday Sales Event (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Millennials Are Changing the Way Americans Shop for Cars…for the Better (Time)

NADA: Supply, Incentives Driving Down Retention Rates (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Pickup truck price war heating up as Ram knocks off Silverado (Automotive News)

Q3 certified sales nearly top recent record (Auto Remarketing)

Ram taps big discounts to outsell Chevrolet Silverado (Detroit Free Press)

September US auto sales slide even as discounts rise (CNBC)

Top 10: Big pickup trucks rule auto industry sales (USA Today)

Video: How Has Technology Changed Car Buying? (Driving Sales)

Volkswagen Scandal: Online Search Interest (Still Sinking) One Year Later (Digital Dealer)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Black Book: Car Depreciation Shows Signs of Slowing (Vehicle Remarketing)

Black Book: Truck Segment Showing Higher Depreciation (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Car, Trucks Depreciation Steady in September (Vehicle Remarketing)

Sept. update: Manheim on prices & Black Book on depreciation (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

US road deaths jump 10.4 percent in 2016 (CNBC)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

Ghost tours set for historic Ford Piquette plant (Detroit Free Press)

OC Auto Show 2016 (OCRegister)

The AMC Pacer from Wayne's World is going up for auction (autoblog)

Trailer: Hitch a ride on 'The Grand Tour' with Clarkson, Hammond and May (USA Today)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Don’t slam door: Nissan Versa air bags might inflate (The Detroit News)

Ford F-150 brakes under investigation by regulators (CNN Money)

Fusion, Edge problems prompt federal probe for Ford (The Detroit News)

RepairPal Study Ranks Most Expensive Repair Costs (Ratchet and Wrench)

VW recalls 281K vehicles for fuel leaks (The Detroit News)

-General Business & Executive News-

Best Global Brands 2016 (Interbrand)

eBay Motors announces enhanced buyer protection (Auto Remarketing)

Facebook in talks with White House to explore "free" internet for all (CBS News)

Feds, Safety Group Partner to End Auto Deaths (

Ford Motor's Bill Ford met with Trump over 'infuriating' attacks (USA Today)

Former AutoNation & TrueCar exec joins CU Direct (Auto Remarketing)

Google's Automated Car Masters First 90% of Driving; Last 10% Is The Hardest (Forbes)

How Costco Has Emerged as One of the Country's Top Car Sellers (Fortune)

Reynolds Acquires Wolters Kluwer's Indirect Loan Origination Solutions (FI Magazine)

NADA 2016 Workforce Study: Employee Turnover Remains High (DrivingSales News)

The impact Amazon Vehicles could have in digital auto retail (Auto Remarketing)

Toyota And BMW Invest In Self-Driving Tech Startup Nauto (DrivingSales News)

Why You May Never Have To Visit A Gas Station Again, Even If You Don't Have An Electric Car (Forbes)

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