Top Automotive Industry News for Week of December 31 - January 6, 2019

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of December 31, 2018 – January 6, 2019.

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

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-Automotive Manufacturing News-

Detroit auto show will kick off year of uncertainty (Detroit News)

Detroit's final January auto show prepares to go out with a bang (Detroit News)

FCA Unveiling Heavy Duty Version Of Red-Hot Ram Pickup At North American Show In Detroit (Forbes)

GM's New President Will Double Down on Electric, Autonomous (Automotive Fleet)

Infiniti Aims to Electrify With QX Inspiration Concept (The Detroit Bureau)

Polestar’s First All-Electric Model Breaks Cover (The Detroit Bureau)

-Automotive Evolution News-

Car Companies Will Show Off the Latest in Self-Driving Tech at CES (Barrons)

GM Cruise and DoorDash are partnering on autonomous food deliveries (CNBC)

Self-Driving Cars Keep Tapping the Brakes (Bloomberg)

Toyota Aims For Sci-Fi Styling In Its Upgraded, Tech-Heavy Self-Driving Car (Forbes)

While we were looking at 3D TVs, CES morphed into an auto show (Engadget)

Wielding Rocks and Knives, Arizonans Attack Self-Driving Cars (NY Times)

-Automotive Retail News-

Car payments and loans jump amid surging demand for cars, SUVs (CNBC)

Edmunds Analysts Predict Auto Finance Deals Will Wane in the New Year (PR Newswire)

F&I trends to watch in 2019 (Automotive News)

GM, Ford, Toyota sales fall in December, but auto industry posts surprisingly solid 2018 (USA Today)

Rising Interest Rates Will Drive Auto Sales Down in 2019 (The Detroit Bureau)

Tesla and GM are running up against the EV tax credit limit (Business Insider)

Tesla cuts prices of electric vehicles: Model 3, Model X, Model S will be cheaper (USA Today)

The Year in Auto Sales: Facts, Figures, and the Bestsellers from 2018 (Automobile)

These 6 vehicles were the hottest-selling cars of 2018: Jeep, Toyota, Tesla make the list (USA Today)

Trucks, SUVs Pull in December Buyers Giving Industry Big Boost (The Detroit Bureau)

U.S. Auto Sales Boom Will Finally End In 2019; Surely? (Forbes)

U.S. sales rise 2.2% in Dec.; SAAR hits 2018 high (Automotive News)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Ford Recalling Nearly 1 Million Vehicles with Faulty Takata Airbags (The Detroit Bureau)

Recall Recap: The 5 Biggest Recalls in December (

-Automotive Ownership News-

The Rise In U.S. Auto Loan Debt Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down (Forbes)

-General Business & Executive News-

Audi Is Making A Welcome Return To Super Bowl Advertising To Tout New E-Tron (Forbes)

California makes it illegal to charge more for car insurance based on gender (CNet) sheds 8 percent of workforce (Chicago Business)

General Motors names long-time insider Mark Reuss as its president (CNBC)

Healthy Global Auto Sales Growth Looks Doomed In 2019 (Forbes)

Top Auto Industry Stories Of 2018: From A Jailed CEO To The End Of The World As We Know It (Forbes)

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