Top Automotive Industry News for Week of December 30 - January 5, 2014

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of December 30 – January 5, 2014.

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

- AEA Member Related News -

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- Automotive Manufacturing News –

Audi announcing Android deal at CES 2014 (CNET)

Auto Sales, Manufacturing Rose in 2013 (US News and World Report)

BMW, Toyota agree on joint sportscar platform, report says (Automotive News)

China's largest auto parts company makes last-minute Fisker bid (Reuters)

Daimler Electrics Get Fake Vroom to Thwart Silent Threat: Cars (Bloomberg)

Fiat Gains Full Control of Chrysler in $4.35 Billion Deal (Bloomberg)

Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept: Using Centuries-Old Tech to Give Future Tech a Boost (Car and Driver)

Ford gets ready to unveil the aluminum F-150 (CNN Money)

Toyota makes Fuel Cell Vehicle star of CES 2014 (CNET)

- Automotive Retail News –

Annual Sales for American Automakers Reach a 6-Year High (The New York Times)

Car sales make a strong comeback in 2013 (CNN Money)

Detroit Three Gain Market Share At Home In 2013 (The Truth About Cars)

GM Sales Slip 6.3% In December - Closes Out 2013 With a 7.3% Gain In Sales (Auto Spies)

Hyundai sets sales record for December, full year (Detroit Free Press)

Mercedes Outlasts BMW’s Late Surge to Capture US Luxury Crown (Bloomberg)

Study: Self-driving car sales will explode (USA Today)

US New Auto Sales 2013: Year Closes As Expected, But December Disappoints; Ford Sales Topped 10% in 2013 While Chrysler, Nissan Hit 9% (International Business Times)

U.S. December auto sales seen up 4 percent (Reuters)

- Automotive Wholesale News –

KAR Auction Services Inc : Insurance Auto Auctions to Open in Arkansas and Alaska (4-Traders)

- Automotive Ownership News –

Auto Tech: Safety Feature or Driver Distraction? (Bloomberg)

Gas Prices Will Fall in 2014. But You May Pay More at the Pump Anyway (TIME)

- Automotive Enthusiast News –

BMW-Designed Bobsled Barreling Toward First Olympic Gold For U.S. In 78 Years (Forbes)

Classic Car Buyers, Beware of Fakes (Businessweek)

Connected Cars Driving 2014 CES to Become More of an Auto Show (Re/code)

- Automotive Servicing News –

2013-2014 Land Rover Range Rover Recalled Due To Airbag Issue (Motor Authority)

Lincoln recalls MKZ hybrid sedan (USA Today)

Openbay launches marketplace online for auto repair quotes (Tire Business)

Volvo recalling nearly 31,000 S60 sedans for failed low oil warning (LA Times)

- General Business & Executive News –

3 Reasons Why There Won’t Be an Auto Sales Boom in 2014 (Forbes)

5 F&I trends to watch in 2014 (Automotive News)

Can Increasing Consumer Spending Be Sustained in 2014 (Wall Street Cheat Sheet)

Cox to Buy Back 25% AutoTrader Stake from Providence Equity (Bloomberg)

Dealer acquisition spend doubles in first 3 quarters (Automotive News)

Five trends to watch at CES (CNN)

For Stocks, an Amazingly Good Year (NY Times)

Google, Apple Forge Auto Ties (Yahoo Finance)

Screeching halt for Cooper Tire-Apollo deal (USA Today)

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