Top Automotive Industry News for Week of September 14 - September 20, 2015

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of September 14, 2015 - September 20, 2015.

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 Big Challenges Facing Electric Cars (Time)

600-hp Brabus Mercedes-AMG GT S rocks Frankfurt motor show (Autoweek)

Battery Prices Tumbling Rapidly (The Detroit Bureau)

BMW's next electric i cars in 'final stages' (Automotive News)

Consumer Reports Strips ‘Recommended’ Rating From VW TDIs (The Truth About Cars)

FCA-UAW contract: Wage increases, bonuses, health co-op (The Detroit News)

Fiat Chrysler to invest $5.3 billion in U.S. plants (Detroit Free Press)

2015 Frankfurt Auto Show Coverage (Kelley Blue Book)

Ford designs smartwatch app for electric, plug-in hybrid car owners (USA Today)

Ford's Bet On Lightweight Aluminum Is Just Beginning (Forbes)

GM confirms Chevy Cruze hatchback coming to U.S. (The Detroit News)

Honda unveils crucial redesign for troubled Civic (CNN Money)

Incentives Put Nissan Leaf and Ford C-Max At Nearly Level Pegging (The Truth About Cars)

Mercedes-Benz invests $1.3B in Alabama plant, adds 300 jobs (USA Today)

Mirror, mirror off the car? Focus turns to cameras (Automotive News)

Suzuki says to buy back Volkswagen stake for up to $3.9 billion (Reuters)

Tesla Model X reservations reveal back-seat, 250-mile range (autoblog)

Volkswagen issues sales halt, CEO apologizes on emissions cheating (USA Today)

VW unveils battery-powered Porsche in Frankfurt (CNBC)

-Automotive Retail News-

Cheap gas prices to help continue automobile strong sales (CBT News)

DealerRater sets monthly review record (Auto Remarketing)

Fed Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged (New York Times)

FTC Official Releases 7 Deadly Sins of Dealer Advertising (Auto Dealer Monthly)

No-score buyers surpass those with deep subprime scores (Automotive News)

Survey Finds Car Shoppers Are Unaware Of Latest Active Safety Tech (Forbes)

Tesla makes used vehicles available in new California facility (Auto Remarketing)

The ‘real’ question about potential interest rate rise (Auto Remarketing)

The Top Three Benefits of Marketing Automation for the Automotive Industries (Driving Sales)

What dealers should do as GM settles ignition matter for $900M (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Auction volume shows first decline of 2015 (Auto Remarketing)

Year-Over-Year Wholesale Prices Fall (Vehicle Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Gas Is Back Below $2 in These 3 States (Time)

This graphic shows all the ways your car can be hacked (Fortune)

Volkswagen Busted For Cheating On Diesel Models -- And Owners Won't Like The Probable 'Fix' (Forbes)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

Bentley offering world’s most expensive in-car clock (CNBC)

New Jaguar car and stunt pro Terry Grant defy gravity with largest loop the loop ever (Guinness World Records)

Queen of England Is First New Bentley Bentayga SUV Owner (Bloomberg Business)

Stuttgart psychedelic: Janis Joplin’s Porsche 356C heads to auction (Hemmings)

The Coolest Cars at the Planet’s Biggest Motor Show (WIRED)

-Automotive Servicing News-

GM to pay $900M fine for a defect that caused 100 deaths (USA Today)

Toyota recalls 423,500 SUVs in U.S. for windshield wipers issue (Reuters)

Volkswagen told to recall nearly 500,000 vehicles (CNBC)

-General Business & Executive News-

Apple and Google Create a Buzz at Frankfurt Motor Show (NY Times)

BMW CEO faints on stage at Frankfurt auto show (Reuters)

Corporate 'siloing' an obstacle to charging GM employees: prosecutor (Reuters)

Dealers, OEMs At Odds Over Digital Ad Strategies, Netsertive Finds (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Ford Syndicating Dealer Inventory to CarGurus.com (F&I Showroom)

GM CEO Barra Resists Fiat Merger Call as Renzi Backs Marchionne (Bloomberg)

GM's latest business: drive-by discounts (Fortune)

Google hires TrueCar president to head self-driving car project (Fortune)

Is Facebook Actually Going To Launch A ‘Dislike’ Button? (DrivingSales)

North Americans Favor Accessing Internet Via Mobile (MediaPost)

Part 3: The Research Portals – The Changing Landscape Of Third Party Sites (DrivingSales)

Vista Equity agrees to $6.5 billion deal for Solera (Reuters)

-AEA Reminder-

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