Top Automotive Industry News for Week of December 10 - December 16, 2018

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of December 10, 2018 - December 16, 2018.

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-

As More Cars Plug In, Utilities and Makers Juggle Ways to Power Them (The New York Times)

Audi Names Interem Chief Bram Schot CEO (TechCrunch)

BMW exec explains why automaker changed its electrification strategy (Automotive News)

China says it will suspend additional tariff on US autos (CNBC)

Detention of Nissan’s Ghosn extended through Dec. 20 (The Detroit News)

German automakers BMW, Daimler stand to benefit the most if China cuts US auto tariffs (CNBC)

GM says it plans to relocate 1,100 factory workers as it releases more information on job cuts (CNBC)

Howes: A decade on, burden of 'old GM,' bailout weighs on automaker (The Detroit News)

Judge freezes Faraday Future CEO's ownership stake as the future of the electric car startup is in question (LA Times)

Toyota struggles to save breakthrough Prius hybrid (CNBC)

Trump says 'GM is not going to be treated well' (CNBC)

Why Ford may need Volkswagen partnership decades after rejecting post-World War II deal (USA Today)

Why older headlights are a 'major safety concern' for American motorists (USA Today)

-Automotive Evolution News-

California Requiring Transit Agencies to Buy Electric Buses (The Detroit Bureau)

Daimler Investing More Than $20B in Battery Cells (The Detroit Bureau)

Fatal Uber Self-Driving Car Accident Could Have Been Prevented, Says Former Manager (Fortune)

Honda Can’t Sell You A Self-Driving Car Yet, But How About A Robot ATV? (Forbes)

Never fear: Autonomy won't be ugly (Automotive News)

Ride-share Drivers Get Big Insurance Break From Growing Vehicle Matchmaker (Forbes)

Senate Democrats fight an effort to pass driverless-car bill during lame-duck Congress (LA Times)

The Long, Winding And Still Evolving Path Toward Automated Driving (Forbes)

-Automotive Retail News-

Auto Dealers Feeling Edgy At Year's End (Forbes)

Auto debt in America — mapped (CNBC)

Cars and SUVS that are most likely to have year-end deals (Detroit Free Press)

Cox: Dealer Pessimism Grows With New Threats (Auto Dealer Monthly)

How Trade and Tariff Policies Could Affect Your New-Car Purchase in 2019 (Car and Driver)

Luxury brands dominate Autotrader’s top CPO offerings to close 2018 (Auto Remarketing)

NADA Predicts New Car Sales to Decline Slightly in 2019 (The Detroit Bureau)

US auto sales are expected to drop below 17 million for first time since 2014 (CNBC)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Wholesale Vehicle Prices Soften in November (Vehicle Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Where your car is most likely to be stolen in every state (USA Today)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

Gift ideas for car nuts and commuters (The Detroit News)

-Automotive Servicing News-

The car brands that will cost you the least to repair (USA Today)

These Are The Used Cars With The Fewest 'Check Engine' Problems (Forbes)

Toyota recalls Corolla, Sequoia, Tundra vehicles with defective Takata airbags (USA Today)

-General Business & Executive News-

Cars.com plans to restructure sales operations, cut staff amid investor pressure (Automotive News)

Facebook starts testing ads in search results (Marketing Land)

Hearst Autos names new CEO (Auto Remarketing)

TrueCar Looks to Streamline Financing With Retail Software Acquisition (Auto Finance News)

U.S. consumer spending strengthening in boost to economy (Reuters)

Vroom nabs $146M from AutoNation, VCs for its used car site (TechCrunch)

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