Top Automotive Industry News for Week of December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017.

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-

Analysts Lower Ratings on GM, FCA (The Detroit Bureau)

Auto-tech convergence reshaping industry shows (The Detroit News)

Battle lines forming for Tata legal showdown (Reuters)

Blindsided by SUV boom, Hyundai Motor trims costs (Reuters)

Brain in the trunk: Ford to unveil next self-driving car (USA Today)

Faraday Future Coming Unplugged? (The Detroit Bureau)

Faraday Future loses top executive ahead of CES (autoblog)

Ford to triple size of autonomous test fleet in 2017 (The Detroit News)

Gone, and mostly forgotten: Discontinued cars and trucks (Detroit Free Press)

Infiniti Reveals Blueprint For Semi-Autonomous SUV Concept (Forbes)

Key models at the 2017 Detroit auto show (The Detroit News)

Range Anxiety is Real, and a Severe Lack of Familiarity is Holding Back EV Adoption (The Truth About Cars)

Report: Takata weighing $1B criminal settlement (USA Today)

Supplier CEO Suggests EVs May Hurt Automotive Jobs (The Detroit Bureau)

Tesla's 'autopilot' begins braking for wreck before driver (CNBC)

Tesla makes Reno a critical stop on way to Las Vegas and CES (Automotive News)

The top 10 concept cars of 2016 (AutoWeek)

They said what? The year in quotations (Automotive News)

Toyota Likely to Lose Global Sales Crown (The Detroit Bureau)

U.S. Auto Makers Move to Adapt as Low Fuel Prices Drive Consumers Away From Smaller Cars (WSJ)

US regulators open investigation on 2009-2011 Ford Fusion (CNBC)

Who needs humans? Self-driving Ford Fusion will think (Detroit Free Press)

Would-Be Carmakers Tap the Wisdom, and Dollars, of Crowds (The New York Times)

-Automotive Retail News-

2016 Car Sales to Set New Record (24/7)

Automotive Finance in the Crosshairs of an Extreme Millennial Makeover (Digital Dealer)

Auto sales expected to match last year's record, but may be plateauing (LA Times)

Biggest automotive sales disappointments of 2016 (autoblog)

Busiest day for online auto shopping comes as surprise (Automotive News)

Could 2017 Be Another Record Year For U.S. Auto Sales? (Forbes)

Edmunds Releases List of 'Most Researched' Vehicles (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Nine Cars Americans Loved or Hated in 2016 (Ad Age)

Record or not in 2016, auto sales growth seen drawing to end (Automotive News)

The 14 most interesting vehicles going on sale in 2017 (Detroit Free Press)

The time is right to buy a used car (LA Times)

TV Advertising Remains Huge Sales Motivator for Car Buyers, Even in Digital Era: Study (Forbes)

Will The Booming U.S. Auto Sales Continue In 2017? (DrivingSales)

Why It's OK Auto Loan Delinquencies Are Trending Up For 2017 (Forbes)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Weekly Luxury Vehicle Values Face Heavy Depreciation (Vehicle Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

7 states will have higher gas taxes Jan. 1 (USA Today)

Navdy Head-up Display Is A Great Companion For Commuters (Forbes)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

2016 was a surprisingly great (and important) year for car culture (Autoweek)

Just Cool Cars: '65 Beetle art car has Barbie and more (USA Today)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan cars investigated for brake issue (Detroit Free Press)

Honda Odyssey recalled to fix seats that could shift suddenly (USA Today)

-General Business & Executive News-

A Year in the Life of Detroit: How the Auto Industry Won 2016 (NBC News)

Auto 2016 – A Year In Review (DrivingSales)

Auto Suppliers Will Thrive As The Industry Evolves (DrivingSales)

Autonomous Cars, Battery Vehicles and Record Sales: a Look at 2016’s Top Auto Stories (The Detroit Bureau)

Cars, robots expected to star at CES 2017 (USA Today)

Connected Car Industry Expected to Exceed $130B Annually by 2019 (The Detroit Bureau)

In 2016, we said hello to ... (Automotive News)

It's official: Tesla and Panasonic team up on solar-panel cells (LA Times)

Volkswagen purchases PayByPhone for parking (TechCrunch)

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