Top Automotive Industry News for Week of December 18 - December 24, 2017

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week December 18, 2017 - December 24, 2017.

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

-Automotive Manufacturing News-

Americans love trucks: Does that mean fuel economy doesn't matter anymore? (Detroit Free Press)

Apple just patented a navigation system for self-driving cars (CNBC)

BMW's U.S. plant plays role in hitting 100K electric car milestone (USA Today)

Carmakers Try to Keep Waste Out of the Ground as Well as the Air (The New York Times)

Detroit Automakers Are Driving in Different Directions Toward the Tech-Filled Future (Car & Driver)

Emergency auto braking: Make it standard or buyers will skip it (autoblog)

Ex-GM board member gets lawyer amid fed probe (The Detroit News)

Ford CEO Jim Hackett apologizes for Chicago plant's sexual harassment (USA Today)

GM turns 1 million cars into rolling podcast destinations (USA Today)

Honda Set To Unveil New Prius Fighter (Forbes)

Infiniti Bringing Sedan Concept to NAIAS; Could Reveal Radical Shift in Dimensions (The Detroit Bureau)

Nissan, Honda Join Race for Next-Gen Solid State Batteries (The Detroit Bureau)

Subaru investigates possible mileage cheating, shares drop (Reuters)

Tesla, Porsche top Consumer Reports car satisfaction survey (Detroit Free Press)

Toyota Reveals Its 4 Steps for an Electrified Future (Cars.com)

What happens after Delphi's split? Supplier becomes Aptiv, spins off powertrain division (Detroit Free Press)

Why Ford would be comfortable killing the Fusion (Automotive News)

-Automotive Evolution News-

Qualcomm can start testing its self-driving tech in California (Engadget)

Renewable energy and electric vehicles dodge a bullet in tax bill (CNBC)

Robot growing pains: Two U.S. factories show tensions of going digital (Reuters)

Samsung Is Using This Silicon Valley Startup's Tech in Its Self-Driving Cars (Fortune)

Toyota says all its cars will have an electric or hybrid option by 2025 (CNBC)

UPS reserves 125 Tesla Semis, the biggest order of the new electric trucks to date (CNBC)

Volvo is reportedly scaling back its ambitious self-driving car experiment (The Verge)

Waymo teams with Trov on passenger insurance for self-driving service (TechCrunch)

Who’s Really to Blame for Robot-Human Crashes? Are We Really Such Awful Drivers? (The Truth About Cars)

-Automotive Retail News-

100 years on, loyalty keeps Chevy's trucks moving (Automotive News)

5 Ways Your Dealership Can Handle Aging Inventory (Driving Sales)

Analysts See Auto Demand Slipping Into Low Gear in 2018 (Bloomberg)

Another down year ahead? (Automotive News)

Black Book: Hurricanes Boosted Used-Vehicle Values 2% (Auto Dealer Monthly)

CarMax Q3 earnings rise 8.9% (Automotive News)

Cars, Vans Lead November Used Car Price Declines (Vehicle Remarketing)

J.D. Power: Used Vehicle Price Index Falls 1.4% in November (Auto Dealer Monthly)

N.Y. dealership now accepting bitcoin for cars (The Detroit News)

Over 300 People Have Already Bought A Used Car With The Fair App (Forbes)

Used Car & Light Truck Guidelines – November 2017 (J.D. Power)

Wildfires rattle Calif. dealership community (Automotive News)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Wholesale Values Continue December Decline (Vehicle Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Gas Prices Dropping Just in Time for the Holidays (The Detroit Bureau)

Safety tech features: What do they do, and do you need them? (autoblog)

Your workplace may get EV charging stations — thanks to VW's cheating scandal (LA Times)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

Elon Musk Shows Off Photos Of A Tesla Roadster Getting Prepped To Go To Mars (Forbes)

Our 10 Favorite Concept Cars of the Year (Car & Driver)

The cloudy demographic future for collectible cars (Automotive News)

What were the top stories of 2017 for the collector car community? (Classic Cars)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Fiat Chrysler to recall 1.8 million trucks to fix shifter issue (CNBC)

Ford, Mazda recall pickups a 2nd time for airbag problem (USA Today)

Honda reports 20th death from exploding Takata air bag (Detroit Free Press)

-General Business & Executive News-

2018 will be the year of the electric car (CNN)

How Tough Is It to Change a Culture of Harassment? Ask Women at Ford (CNBC)

Jumpstart Automotive Media Path to Purchase Insights: How the Recent LA Auto Show Illustrates the New Way Shows Cater to Car Shoppers (Dealer Marketing)

Starboard sees Cars.com as undervalued takes 9.9% stake (MarketWatch)

Strong U.S. consumer, business spending bolster growth picture (Reuters)

Subprime Auto Defaults Are Soaring, and PE Firms Have No Way Out (Bloomberg)

TIME Dealer of The Year Awards (Automotive News)

What Needs to Happen Before Electric Cars Take Over the World (NY Times)

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