Top Automotive Industry News for Week of September 12 - September 18, 2016

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week September 12, 2016 - September 18, 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-

'The Smiling Car' Concept Gives Autonomous Autos A Great Big Emoji (Forbes)

Alfa Romeo Shows Signs Of Life, Six New Models In The Pipeline (Top Speed)

Apple ‘Rethinking’ Autonomous Car Project (Ratchet and Wrench)

Apple Reportedly Lays Off Dozens From Self-Driving Car Project (Fortune)

As Driving Evolves, Smart's Fortwo Could Be More Relevant Than Ever (Forbes)

Baidu gets approval to test self-driving cars in California (CNBC)

ChargePoint, BMW, VW Install Fast-Charging Points (Ratchet and Wrench)

Chevy's 238-mile promise a game changer for electric cars (CNBC)

Denso, Toyota Strengthen Ties with Autonomous Tech Supplier (The Detroit Bureau)

Driverless cars won't always look this way (LA Times)

Fiat Drops Prices And Raises Standard Features To Combat Consumer Shift To Trucks And SUVs (AutoSpies)

Finger-Pointing: Tesla and Mobileye Shift Blame Over Autopilot Problems (The Detroit Bureau)

Ford 2017 profit to fall on new mobility costs (Detroit Free Press)

Ford dismisses Trump claim it will fire U.S. employees (The Detroit News)

Ford outlines plans for electric, self-driving vehicles (Market Watch)

Ford to invest $4.5 billion in electrified vehicles by 2020 (Detroit Free Press)

Ford to move all small car production to Mexico (The Detroit News)

GM pledges 100% renewable energy power by 2050 (The Detroit News)

Investors sue Porsche SE over Volkswagen scandal (Reuters)

Karma Automotive Describes Its Ideal Customer For The $130,000 Revero Hybrid (Forbes)

Mercedes Upping the Ante with Two More GT Models (The Detroit Bureau)

Mobileye CEO Comments On Split With Tesla (Top Speed)

Mobileye says Tesla's Autopilot is 'pushing the envelope in terms of safety' (CNBC)

Porsche said to show first station wagon in 2017 (The Detroit News)

Tesla says Mobileye balked after learning carmaker to make own cameras (Reuters)

Tesla's Musk 'hopes' to roll out new Autopilot version next week (Automotive News)

The Chevy Bolt EV Range Is Blowing Away Expectations—and Even Tesla's Model 3 (Fortune)

The US auto industry is giving up on small cars — again (Business Insider)

Volkswagen says it might not resume U.S. sales of diesel vehicles (Reuters)

VW diesel-cheat probe widens in U.S. to include Bosch, report says (Automotive News)

VW teases EV concept that it says heralds 'new era' for brand (Automotive News)

VW tries to hit ‘reset’ in U.S. (The Detroit News)

What Ford's big news means for Michigan (Detroit Free Press)

Who Has The World's Biggest EV Charging Network? Trigger Warning: It Ain't Tesla (Forbes)

-Automotive Retail News-

Are Dodge, Nissan, Kia, And Mitsubishi Sales Being Driven By Sub Prime Credit Customers? (AutoSpies)

Ford CEO of Future of Selling (CBT News)

How to measure your digital outreach (CBT News)

It's final: Michigan won't let Tesla open a dealership in Grand Rapids (Detroit Free Press)

Leasing trend moves to used vehicles (Auto Dealer Monthly)

New car prices no longer going up as sales level off (MarketWatch)

New-Vehicle SAAR Falls Below 17 Million in August, Manheim Reports (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Social Media Usage During New-Vehicle Shopping Process Increases (J.D. Power)

Time your CPO message for every stage of buyer’s journey (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Car Depreciation Accelerates in August, Black Book Reports (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Mid-Size Car Retention Falls for First Time in 4 Years (Vehicle Remarketing)

Sporty models lead weekly depreciation among cars (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

$999 self-driving car kit vows to turn your car into a Tesla (Detroit Free Press)

Americans Drove More During This Summer Month Than Ever Before (Time)

Gas Prices Falling as Summer Driving Season Ends (The Detroit Bureau)

Self-driving Uber vehicles start offering customers rides (CNBC)

What It Feels Like to Ride in a Self-Driving Uber (The New York Times)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

A $350,000 luxury condo ... for your car (CNN Money)

New Auction House Marries New Technology With Old Business Model, Classic Cars With Cult Cars (Forbes)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Consumers Want Price Transparency From Service Centers, Survey Finds (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Hyundai recalls SUVs; software flaw may stop acceleration (CNBC)

GM seeks to delay recall of 1 million vehicles with Takata air bag inflators (Reuters)

Three deaths prompt Fiat Chrysler to recall 1.4M cars (USA Today)

-General Business & Executive News-

4 Automotive Marketing Firms Merge (Auto Dealer Monthly)

A car company you've never heard of is about to have its moment (Business Insider)

As economy struggles to regain its mojo, Fed seen standing pat on rates (USA Today)

Carbone Auto Group Joins Lithia to Expand in Northeast (Yahoo)

Dealertrack, F&I Express team up (Automotive News)

Four U.S. lawmakers urge safety agency to address vehicle hacking (Reuters)

FTC Seeking Clearance to Study Car-Buying Experience at Dealerships (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Peer-to-peer car sales app launches in Colorado (Auto Remarketing)

Lyft’s ambitious future vision includes self-driving dominance by 2021 (TechCrunch)

This French Auto Giant Is Launching a Car-Sharing Service in Los Angeles (Fortune)

Uber deploys self-driving car fleet in Pittsburgh (Market Watch)

Vinli Partners With Cox, Meineke Car Care on Connect Car Offering (Auto Dealer Monthly)

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