Top Automotive Industry News for Week of December 25 - December 31, 2017

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week December 25, 2017 - December 31, 2017.

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

-Automotive Manufacturing News-

4 Automakers Offer Auto-Braking Standard on Most Cars (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Alfa’s Next SUV Will Be Bigger, Hybrid-Powered (The Detroit Bureau)

Analyst slashes Tesla Model 3 fourth quarter forecast by nearly 70% (CNBC)

Cars could be the entertainment centers of the future (The Detroit News)

Could airbags save pedestrians? GM patents idea (Detroit Free Press)

Did Lexus make a BMW? Or did BMW make a Lexus? This and other 2017 surprises (autoblog)

Electric vehicles: Toyota could become Tesla’s next big headache (USA Today)

Elon Musk promises new features and upgrades are coming to Tesla (CNBC)

Elon Musk promises to make a Tesla pickup truck and said he is 'dying to build' one (CNBC)

Global Car Sales To Gather Momentum In 2018, While New Technology Disruption Lurks (Forbes)

GM wins ruling in ignition switch cases (Detroit Free Press)

How Korea Became a Global Carmaking Giant in Just 30 Years (Car and Driver)

Hyundai and Kia will offer AI assistants in 2019 cars (autoblog)

The Evolution of Car Keys Is More Interesting Than You Think (Car and Driver)

The new Tesla and 15 other new cars will shake up 2018 (USA Today)

Thirdware And Automation Anywhere Team Up To Bring Software Bots To The Auto Industry (Forbes)

Top 10 auto innovations of 2017 (The Detroit News)

VW may post excellent 2017 results, CEO tells Welt am Sonntag (CNBC)

VW says it’ll built a record 6 million vehicles by end of year (autoblog)

-Automotive Evolution News-

Autonomous cars need tougher batteries, lithium ion pioneer says (Automotive News)

Electric cars edge forward in 2017 but still have a long way to go (LA Times)

Hyundai and Kia to offer AI assistants starting in 2019 (DrivingSales)

Interview: Head Of Volvo R&D On Uber Collaboration And Automaker's Autonomous Vehicle Plans (Forbes)

Is This the Apple Car? (The Detroit Bureau)

Orders Pile Up For Tesla Semi That Doesn't Yet Exist As Rival Electric Trucks Get Rolling (Forbes)

Three automotive tech trends to watch in 2018 and beyond (autoblog)

-Automotive Retail News-

2017 New Vehicle Sales Should Reach Fourth All-Time (Vehicle Remarketing)

Auto demand expected to slip into low gear for 2018 (The Detroit News)

Auto Leasing Could Be Past Its Peak, As Incentives Shift To Low Rate Loans (Forbes)

Big results, but at what cost? (Automotive News)

Car buyers: Now is the best time of year to score a deal (CNBC)

December, Full-Year Auto Sales Likely Headed For A Downer (Forbes)

December auto sales forecast to fall 7% from 2016 (Detroit Free Press)

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

Kelley Blue Book sees Dec new car sales down 7% at 1.57 million units (MarketWatch)

LotLinx Announces Move to Bolster VDPs (Auto Dealer Monthly)

U.S. Car Sales Will Slip A Bit In 2018, But Things Could Get Grim After That (Forbes)

Used Car Market Should Grow 1% in 2018 (Vehicle Remarketing)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Nissan bets on rental car market to boost sales (DrivingSales)

Truck Values Fell Hardest in 2017 (Vehicle Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Families are shifting to large SUVs for more space, big perks (Detroit Free Press)

Save money by doing these easy auto maintenance tasks yourself (MarketWatch)

You should consider winter tires instead of all-wheel drive if you're driving in the snow (CNBC)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

2018 San Diego Auto Show: 5 Things You Can't Miss (

Auction companies make big news, and moves, off the block (Classic Cars)

Sotheby”s Tries Selling New York As A Car Auction Destination (Forbes)

-Automotive Servicing News-

1.4M Ram Trucks Recalled for Shifter Issue (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Aston Martin recalls 5,000 cars in U.S. (Automotive News)

Ford Mustangs Recalled for Instrument Clusters (Auto Dealer Monthly)

-General Business & Executive News-

5 auto trends to watch in 2018 (ABC News)

Analysts mull scenarios of a world without NAFTA (Automotive News)

Auto Finance Healthy In 2018, But Consumers Face Bigger Down Payments (Forbes)

Auto industry eyeing cooler sales, new tech in 2018 (Fox Business)

Geely Buys Stake in Volvo Trucks, Despite China Restrictions (The New York Times)

How fast is the automotive landscape changing? (Automotive News)

Uber had the biggest car story of the year — but for all the wrong reasons (Business Insider)

Uber working on deal to sell Xchange Leasing to Fair (Reuters)

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