Top Automotive Industry News for Week of January 29 - February 4, 2017

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week January 29, 2018 - February 4, 2018.

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

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- Automotive Manufacturing News-

10 of the Most Promising Automotive Technologies of the Moment (Car and Driver)

Alibaba and Foxconn led a $350 million funding round in Chinese electric car maker Xiaopeng (CNBC)

Ford is selling $90,000 Lincoln SUVs faster than it can make them (CNBC)

Ford's China CEO quits abruptly citing 'personal reasons' (USA Today)

GM's newest technology can reserve hotels, order doughnuts for you (Detroit Free Press)

Honda lifts full-year profit forecast on U.S. tax breaks, strong sales (Automotive News)

Honda Passport may rise from the grave as a new crossover (CNET)

How Tesla's first truck charging stations will be built (CNBC)

Hyundai hopes bigger, revamped Santa Fe SUV will reverse U.S. sales slump (Reuters)

Lotus Plans to Deliver An SUV By 2022 (Forbes)

McLaren Captures Most Beautiful Car Award for 2017 (The Detroit Bureau)

Trump takes credit for influencing U.S. auto investments (Automotive News)

VW suspends executive after reports of diesel fume tests on humans and monkeys (CNBC)

Why investors can't get enough Tesla car bonds (Automotive News)

-Automotive Evolution News-

Business travelers increasingly prefer ride-hailing services over car rentals, taxis (CNBC)

California Wants 5 Mil Zero-Emissions Vehicles on Road by 2030 (The Detroit Bureau)

Daimler, Bosch to test self-driving cars soon: Automobilwoche (CNBC)

Ford files patent application for an autonomous police vehicle (autoblog)

It's Time To Stop Fixating On California's Autonomous Vehicle Test Reports (Forbes)

Most Americans wary of self-driving cars in Reuters/Ipsos poll (autoblog)

Once Our Cars Go Electric, Reebok Wants To Turn Gas Stations Into Fitness Centers (Forbes)

One self-driving car program far exceeds the others at ... self-driving (autoblog)

Sheprd is Uber for children, using Land Rover LR4 school buses (autoblog)

Two ex-Google engineers built an entirely different kind of self-driving car (CNBC)

Waymo to buy 'thousands' of minivans for self-driving vehicle service (USA Today)

-Automotive Retail News-

Auto Loans Are Still Affordable Even Though Household Debt Is Up, Economists Say (Forbes)

Autotrader Lists Top 10 CPOs for 2018 (Vehicle Remarketing)

Average auto prices rise 4% — an early sign of inflation (LA Times)

Car prices rise in mediocre month for sales (The Detroit News)

CarLotz takes used-car consignment store concept to Florida (Auto Remarketing)

Certified pre-owned car sales start year up 5% (Auto Remarketing)

Lousy weather puts deep freeze on January auto sales (USA Today)

One-third of trade-ins in a new-car deal are underwater on their loans (autoblog)

Study: Dealerships Missing Out With Facebook Messenger, After-Hour Leads (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Study Says Car Shoppers Want to Start Online, But End at Dealership (Ward’s)

Truck and SUV demand heats up as spring selling season nears (Auto Remarketing)

Trucks, SUVs — and Camry — shine in mixed U.S. January vehicle sales (autoblog)

U.S. sales start year at robust pace, aided by incentives (Automotive News)

US auto sales are expected to slip this year as interest rates rise (CNBC)

US January auto sales seen up slightly: JD Power and LMC (CNBC)

What's Moving: U.S. Auto Sales (The Wall Street Journal)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Manheim's Digital Sales Reach 40% in 2017 (Vehicle Remarketing)

Weekly Wholesale Depreciation Beginning to Stabilize (Vehicle Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Gas tax hikes are the bad idea that won't go away (CNBC)

If cars are so much smarter, why aren’t they saving us insurance money? (Market Watch)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

Here's What It's Like to Find $8 Million Worth of Cars in a Random Garage (Road and Track)

Making sense of January's collector car auction results (AutoWeek)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Car Care Council Releases List of Top 10 Most Common Vehicle Repairs (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Death in Malaysia is 22nd due to faulty Takata air inflators (Detroit Free Press)

Mitsubishi recalls 640K vehicles; belt can come loose (Detroit Free Press)

Recall Costs Topping $20B Annually as Safety Defects Grow (The Detroit Bureau)

Toyota recalls 645,000 vehicles; air bags may not inflate (USA Today)

Toyota to recall 49,000 Prius and Lexus vehicles in U.S. (Automotive News)

-General Business & Executive News-

2018 DrivingSales Dealer Satisfaction Award Winners (DrivingSales)

Autotrader Plans Dramatic Transformation (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Harley-Davidson Confirms First Production Electric Motorcycle (Popular Mechanics)

Nissan Captive Joins AutoGravity Network (Auto Dealer Monthly)

No One Seems To Know Who Funded The $1.1 Billion Purchase Of J.D. Power: Report (Jalopnik)

Self-driving cars: Uber faces Waymo in trial over race to remove the driver (USA Today)

Super Bowl Advertising Plans By Automotive Brands Are Coming Up Light So Far (Forbes)

Tronc agrees to convert its car dealership markets to (MarketWatch)

Why optimism is up in the auto industry despite lower January sales (Detroit Free Press)

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