Top Automotive Industry News for Week of December 11 - December 17, 2017

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week December 11, 2017 - December 17, 2017.

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

-Automotive Manufacturing News-

2018 safest vehicles: IIHS rates 15 cars and SUVs as safest (USA Today)

Audi Not Selling Off Ducati After All (The Detroit Bureau)

Connected cars update like smartphones (The Detroit News)

Discontinued: 15 cars and trucks that automakers are dropping in 2018 (USA Today)

Electric car viability debated amid Trump mpg review (The Detroit News)

Electric vehicle demand leads to skyrocketing number of lithium-ion battery factories around the world (CNBC)

Ferrari Doubling Production a Year Early (The Detroit Bureau)

Ford Chooses a Detroit Base to Take On Silicon Valley (The New York Times)

Ford denies plan to import Fusion sedans from China to U.S. (USA Today)

Ford says hybrids beat electric for self-driving cars (CNBC)

For Tesla, 2018 is all about getting Model 3 production going (Market Watch)

Four electrified cars ranked among WardsAuto's 10 best engines for first time (CNBC)

From Track to Street, New Senna is McLaren’s Most Extreme Machine Ever (The Detroit Bureau)

GM works to fulfill bold tech promises (The Detroit News)

Howes: GM’s ‘purse and purpose’ past gets radical re-do (The Detroit News)

Hyundai bolsters electric car lineup to narrow gap with rivals (Automotive News)

Lamborghini Pulls The Sheet Off Its Urus SUV, Claiming It As World's Fastest (Forbes)

More efficient SUVs a factor in product strategy: Ford CEO (Reuters)

Tesla's push beyond cars now on display (Automotive News)

Toyota, Panasonic strike battery deal in threat to Tesla (USA Today)

Volvo pushes self-driving Drive Me program back by four years (autoblog)

Volvo Sets Up Subscription Service for Polestar (The Detroit Bureau)

-Automotive Evolution News-

A look to the past, to see the future without personal car ownership (Automotive News)

California Wants More Than 4.2 Million Electric Vehicles By 2030; A New Plan Charts The Road Ahead (Forbes)

Drivers still key as GM heads to driverless future (The Detroit News)

New autonomous testing ground in Michigan will help battle bad weather (autoblog)

Renault just showed a demo car whose headlights change color when it's self-driving (CNBC)

The Chinese are much more positive about autonomous vehicles than Americans (CNBC)

What's Toyota's Strategy For Electric Cars? It Depends On Where You Live (Forbes)

-Automotive Retail News-

Autotrader names December's top CPO deals (Auto Remarketing)

Breakthrough claimed in remote, electronic signature on auto finance contract (Automotive News)

Carvana Expands into Fifth Fla. City (Vehicle Remarketing)

Costco Auto GM holiday sale grows 55% (Auto Remarketing)

Cox Automotive: Dealers Optimistic About Q1 2018 (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Cutting U.S. electric vehicle tax credit 'will have an impact': GM (Reuters)

Dealers still optimistic on pre-owned car sales (Auto Remarketing)

Hurricanes Boosted Used Vehicle Values 2% (Vehicle Remarketing)

Penske purchase 'almost doubles' standalone used-car business in UK (Auto Remarketing)

Pepsi makes biggest public pre-order of Tesla Semis: 100 trucks (autoblog)

Smartphone app AutoGravity lets consumers get preapproved for auto loans (Detroit Free Press)

TransUnion: Subprime Pullback to Continue in 2018 (Auto Dealer Monthly)

The $7500 EV Tax Credit Lives On in New Tax Bill (Car and Driver)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Dealers hunt for holiday season bargains (Auto Remarketing)

Seasonal Slide Accelerates Car and Truck Depreciation (Vehicle Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Allstate spinoff Arity uses cellphone data to track drivers and rate their insurance risk (LA Times)

Avoid driving in these cities if you can (CNBC)

How a Fed rate hike could impact your auto loan (USA Today)

Those fake reindeer antlers on your car are eating up your gas (USA Today)

Treating Your Car To Premium Gasoline? You're Probably Wasting Your Money (Forbes)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

Las Vegas’ famed Auto Collections closing December 30 (

Someone Wants to Exchange a McLaren 720S for 25 Bitcoin, and We’ve Reached Peak Internet (Car & Driver)

The Last Oldsmobile Ever Built Crossing Auction Block Today (Car & Driver)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Hyundai, Kia recall cars to fix brake light problem (The Detroit News)

‘People are freaking out.’ Will electric vehicles doom your neighborhood auto mechanic? (The Washington Post)

-General Business & Executive News-

Alibaba's latest bet shows transportation is the next battleground for China's tech giants (CNBC)

Cox Automotive Files Lawsuit Against CDK Global (The Banks Report)

Cox Automotive names new leader of Autotrader (Auto Remarketing)

Hyundai Plans Super Bowl Effort (MediaPost)

New service connects drivers with car rental agencies for free 1-way rentals (Auto Remarketing)

Online car-sales platform Fastlane gains $1.5M in seed funding (Auto Remarketing)

Scott Painter’s Fair Now Offers Insurance Coverage (Auto Dealer Monthly)

TrueCar, California Dealers Association settle lawsuit (Automotive News)

Would You Buy A Car Online? Why Chinese Motorists Are Skipping The Dealership For Virtual Showrooms (Forbes)

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