Top Automotive Industry News for Week of September 28 - October 4, 2015

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of September 28, 2015 - October 4, 2015.

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

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-Automotive Manufacturing News-

Daimler tests a self-driving, mass-produced truck on real roads (Engadget)

Despite scandal, VW sales surge past estimates (CNBC)

Drivers Aren’t Buying Automatic Safety Systems (Time)

Ferrari Ready to Launch IPO (The Detroit Bureau)

Fiat Chrysler Contract Dies Amid UAW Miscommunication (Forbes)

Fisker becomes Karma Automotive (autoblog)

Ford ad campaign aims to lift car lineup in U.S. market hot for trucks (Automotive News)

Ford, UAW agree to pact that averts Kansas City strike (USA Today)

GM lands four on car/truck of the year ballot (Detroit Free Press)

GM targets double-digit earnings growth in 2016 (Reuters)

GM to expand plans for driverless cars, ride-sharing (USA Today)

GM to offer autonomous Volts at Tech Center in 2016 (Detroit Free Press)

Here’s how Ford is using connected car data (Fortune)

Hyundai Kia asked to pay $28.9M in patent infringement case (autoblog)

Jaguar Land Rover committed to offering diesels in U.S. (Detroit Free Press)

Lexus Adds Two New RC Coupe Models for 2016 (The Detroit Bureau)

Mercedes Tops Study's List of Carmakers Overstating Fuel Economy (Bloomberg)

Tesla delivered only 6 Model X SUVs -- and Elon Musk took one for himself (LA Times)

Tesla’s Model X Is Here, and It’s as Awesome as We Hoped (WIRED)

Toyota To Sell Cars That Communicate With Each Other And Roadways By Year End (Forbes)

Volkswagen scandal may cost up to $87 billion (CNN Money)

VW and Audi give back Green Car of the Year awards (LA Times)

VW emissions cheating scandal heading to Congress (CNBC)

VW stock delisted from Dow Jones Sustainability Index (autoblog)

VW turns to insiders to probe, recover from emissions violations (Automotive News)

Want to See Where BMWs Are Born? Of Course You Do (WIRED)

-Automotive Retail News-

2 used sales forecasts have September figure topping 3M (Auto Remarketing)

Auto sales soar 16 percent in September, led by Ford; halt in diesel sales hits VW (U.S. News)

Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf sales show big drops in September (autoblog)

Costco: GM deal may reap 20% sales growth (Auto Remarketing)

CPO takes 18% of franchised used sales (Auto Remarketing)

Fifth Third Bank to Cap Dealer Markups (F&I Showroom)

How Auto Worker Strikes Could Affect Year-End Car Sales (Time)

Labor Day Weekend Boosts September Auto Sales (Forbes)

Leverage these emotions to sell more cars to millennials (DrivingSales)

One GM shares whether he believes no-haggle selling will become the norm (CBT News)

Rogue passes Altima to lift Nissan 17% (Automotive News)

September 2015 Sales Numbers (CBT News)

Tacoma Debuts Biggest Campaign in Decade Amid Truck Battle (Adage)

Tesla posts another strong sales quarter (CNN Money)

Traffic at Volkswagen dealerships 'quite good': AutoNation CEO (CNBC)

U.S. auto sales in August reached 10-year high of 18.2 million (MarketWatch)

U.S. auto sales soar, but Volkswagen struggles (USA Today)

U.S. sales rise 16% on double-digit gains at Detroit 3, Nissan, Toyota, Honda (Automotive News)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Auction volume target: 9.3 million units for '15 (Auto Remarketing)

Depreciation intensifies amid ‘cautious’ buyer market (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Volkswagen starts telling customers if affected by emissions scandal (Reuters)

Why Google Wants Its Self-Driving Cars to Drive More Like You (Time)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

Checker cab comeback in the works (Fox News)

How Elio Motors Is Crowdfunding A Three-Wheel, 84 MPG Vehicle (TechCrunch)

Selfish Whims: We Go For a Ride in Google’s Self-Driving Car (Car and Driver)

The new James Bond movie destroyed $37 million worth of Aston Martins (Fortune)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson promotes Ford service (autoblog)

Feds Consider Expanding Takata Airbag Recall (Edumunds)

Ford recalls 342K autos twice for axle problems (CNBC)

Goodyear stores to offer free flat repairs (Tire Business)

Honda recalling 143,000 Civics, Fits to fix software (Detroit Free Press)

Nissan recalling 319K Versa vehicles (The Detroit News)

VW launches consumer site, vows quick fix (The Detroit News)

Wiped Out: Toyota Recalls 423,000 RAV4 Models for Windshield Wipers (Car and Driver)

-General Business & Executive News-

Autobytel Buys AutoWeb In All-Stock Deal (Nasdaq)

Bill Ford sees city of future tethered to smartphone (USA Today)

BMO Harris Bank’s Auto Business Exiting 12 States (Auto Dealer Monthly)

CFPB Accused of Using ‘Junk Science’ to Regulate Auto Lending (Auto Dealery Monthly)

Consumers Still Leery Of Digital Ads (MediaPost)

Cox Completes Dealertrack Acquisition (The Banks Report)

Fiat Chrysler Under-Reported Number of Deaths (Ratchet and Wrench)

Google Officially Becomes Alphabet (TechCrunch)

Google sees 'top-tier OEMs' as partners on self-driving cars (Automotive News)

Here's how America's top business leaders spend every minute of the day (Business Insider)

Here’s How Apple Could Change the Web Forever (Time)

How Chrome fits into Cox-Dealertrack deal closing (Auto Remarketing)

Porsche names Oliver Blume new CEO (CNBC)

Santander Faces Class-Action Over ‘Worthless’ GAP Coverage (F&I Showroom)

Study Reveals Only 1 In 4 Americans Still Have A Positive Opinion Of Volkswagen (Auto Spies)

The Other Victims of the Volkswagen Scandal: Dealers (NY Times)

TV Ads Are About to Get Personal With New Targeting Tools (Bloomberg)

Uber may be encouraging delay of car purchases: Survey (CNBC)

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