Top Automotive Industry News for Week of February 5 - February 11, 2017

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week February 5, 2018 - February 11, 2018.

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-

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric’s Range Could Top Chevrolet Bolt EV’s (Car and Driver)

Accounting Adjustment Masks Record Full Year Earnings for General Motors (The Detroit Bureau)

After profit beat, GM looks to trucks, SUVs to rev up margins (Reuters)

Diesel Crisis May Have Been Just What VW Needed, Suggests US CEO (The Detroit Bureau)

Diesel's Death In Europe Could Undermine German Manufacturers, But Fiat Looks The Most Exposed (Forbes)

Ford targets boomers with Transit wagon redesign (The Detroit News)

General Motors beats expectations on strong crossover sales and cost control (CNBC)

Google say pets are driving car searches (The Verge)

Harvey Lamm and the 3 Subaru ideas that changed the U.S. auto industry (Automotive News)

Here's one way Tesla managed to lower its cash burn that won’t last (CNBC)

Honda Topping Charts as Best Buy for 2018 (The Detroit Bureau)

Hyundai to Add Hybrid, Plug-In Versions of Latest Sonata Sedan (The Detroit Bureau)

Nissan profit falls on improper inspections, U.S. discounts (Automotive News)

Tesla will begin investing in a Model Y crossover in late 2018 (CNBC)

Tesla's $675 Million Loss Pulls Elon Musk Back To Earth After Stellar SpaceX Launch (Forbes)

Toyota lifts profit forecast to record 2.4 trillion yen (The Detroit News)

Toyota unveils new off-road trucks at the Chicago Auto Show (USA Today)

We still don't know how many Model 3 cars Tesla is making (CNBC)

White House weighs big cuts to mpg rules (Automotive News)

-Automotive Evolution News-

DMV Data Says Waymo And GM Are Leading The Self Driving Car Race (Wired)

Ford Explores Alternatives To Car Ownership With Canvas Vehicle Subscription (Forbes)

Outdated Auto Safety Regulations Threaten The Self Driving Revolution (Wired)

Self-driving truck just drove from Los Angeles to Jacksonville (CNBC)

To Power the Future, Carmakers Flip on 48-Volt Systems (The New York Times)

-Automotive Retail News-

BB&T Dealer Financial Services to abandon flat fees (Auto Remarketing)

Carvana Brings Next-Day Delivery to South Carolina (Vehicle Remarketing)

Hyundai announces nationwide Shopper Assurance program launch (Auto Remarketing)

Jumpstart: Kia, Lexus, Jeep See Highest Traffic Lifts During Super Bowl LII (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Lowest 5-Year Cost-to-Own Vehicles Named (Vehicle Remarketing)

Never Mind the Cold and Snow, Winter Is Prime Car-Buying Season (Car and Driver)

Penske to expand used-car superstore footprint in U.S. under CarSense brand (Auto Remarketing)

The Big Payback: 2018 Cars And Trucks With The Lowest Ownership Costs (Forbes)

U.S. News Announces the 2018 Best Cars for the Money (U.S.News)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Black Book index movement reflects transition to spring market (Auto Remarketing)

What Will the Auto Auctions of Tomorrow Look Like? (Vehicle Remarketing)

Wholesale Prices Decline for Third Straight Month: Manheim (Vehicle Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Auto insurance rates have skyrocketed — and in ways that are wildly unfair (The Washington Post)

Drowsy driving epidemic: Tired motorists causing 8 times as many crashes as once thought (USA Today)

The Cities Where U.S. Drivers Spend The Most Time Stuck In Traffic [Infographic] (Forbes)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

Cox Ranks Super Bowl Car Commercials (Auto Dealer Monthly)

‘Dream Cars’ from Staluppi collection to be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson (

How far into deep space will Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster actually go? (USA Today)

-Automotive Servicing News-

For All of Elon Musk's Brilliant Marketing Stunts, 1 Stunningly Simple Idea Is Delighting Tesla Owners (Inc.)

Xtime: Mobile Appointments Up 56% in 2017 (Auto Dealer Monthly)

-General Business & Executive News-

ACV Auctions lands $31M in Series C funding (Auto Remarketing)

Autotrader Aims To Bring More Trust, Speed To Online Car Shopping (MediaPost) Receives Three Major Industry Awards (PR Newswire)

China wants to enter the U.S. car market, but a rough road lies ahead (L.A. Times)

Fair secures more funding, also buys car-delivery app Skurt (Auto Remarketing)

Four days, $245 million: How Waymo v. Uber came to an end (CNET)

Large Dealer Groups Are Taking Over Retail Automotive (CBT)

Mercedes is said to consider leaving Detroit auto show (Detroit News)

Mobility services platform Stratim, formerly known as Zirx, sells to KAR (TechCrunch)

With a $0 Ad Budget, Tesla Just Pulled Off One of the Greatest Marketing Stunts Ever (AdWeek)

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