Top Automotive Industry News for Week of October 1 - October 7, 2018

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week October 1, 2018 - October 7, 2018.

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

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-Automotive Manufacturing News-

Audio quality takes a leap in luxury cars (The Detroit Press)

BMW says rivals are interested in joining forces on self-driving cars (Reuters)

Cadillac edges Tesla in semi-automated driving test (Reuters)

California Fights Trump with Separate Emissions Rules for 2021 and Later New Cars (Car and Driver)

Elon Musk mocks SEC as 'Shortseller Enrichment Commission' days after settling fraud charges (CNBC)

Feds 'far from' finished investigating automakers, UAW (The Detroit News)

FCA outsells Ford for first time in 11 years (The Detroit News)

Ford Motor to tighten operations, cut salaried workforce worldwide (USA Today)

GM named No. 1 company in world for gender equality in the workplace (USA Today)

Cars Continue To Sink While Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Rises To Top Ford In September (Forbes)

Mazda aims for all of its vehicles to be electric hybrid, EVs by 2030 (Reuters)

Skyfall’ for Aston Martin shares as famed car maker tumbles in London debut (MarketWatch)

Trade deal gives automakers breathing room but could boost vehicle prices (Detroit Free Press)

Tesla shares slow as peers push self-driving cars (The Detroit News)

Volkswagen not prepared to cover full costs of diesel retrofits: source (Reuters)

Polestar Moving Ahead With Development Of New EV (The Detroit Bureau)

White House presses Japan to shift more auto output to U.S. (Automotive News)

Unraveling a Tesla Mystery: Lots (and Lots) of Parked Cars (The New York Times)

-Automotive Evolution News-

Electrify America Set to Expand EV Charging Infrastructure (The Detroit Bureau)

Ex-Apple Engineers Raise $45 Million Promising ‘Generational Leap’ In Vision Tech For Robot Cars (Forbes)

GM Super Cruise Beats Tesla Autopilot In Consumer Reports' First Self-Driving System Tests (Forbes)

Honda testing ‘smart intersection’ technology to see around buildings (Autoblog)

Latest federal self-driving car guidelines stick with self-policing approach (Detroit Free Press)

Lyft Will Pay You To Ditch Your Car. Will It Work? (Wired)

What Hurdles Do Self-Driving Cars Face As Waymo Gets Ready For Prime Time? (Forbes)

Victory In The Electric Car Market Will Go To Whoever Creates A Smartphone-Like Ecosystem (Forbes)

-Automotive Retail News-

5 hottest-selling vehicles: Honda, Jeep, Lincoln SUVs attract buyers in September (USA Today)

Auto sales sputter in September amid rising interest rates, trade concerns (MarketWatch)

CPO sales poised for another record-breaking year (Auto Remarketing)

Edmunds: Auto Loan Interest Rates Climb Back to Pre-Recession Levels (Auto Dealer Monthly)

KBB: Average New-Car Transaction Price Up 2% (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Sales of Chevy's electric car, the Bolt, tank 41 percent during the third quarter (CNBC)

September CPO car sales show some strength (Auto Remarketing)

SUVs hit sweet spot, make older drivers feel younger (Detroit Free Press)

US auto sales fell by 4 percent in the third quarter (The Washington Post)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Crossovers, Pickups, and Mid-Size Cars Grow Used Values in September (Vehicle Remarketing)

Sedan Depreciation Accelerates for Second Week (Vehicle Remarketing)

-Automotive Ownership News-

Pickups are America’s most popular vehicle, but affordability is vanishing (USA Today)

More than 37,000 people were killed in car crashes in 2017, NHTSA reports (USA Today)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Recall Recap: The 5 Biggest Recalls in September (

Toyota recalls 2.4 million Prius hybrids that could stall while driving (USA Today)

-General Business & Executive News-

A new kind of auto insurance technology can lead to lower premiums, but it tracks your every move (CNBC)

Cox Automotive Acquires F&I Express (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Dealers agree to settle with Reynolds in antitrust suit (Automotive News)

GM and Honda team up to build an autonomous vehicle; GM shares jump (CNBC)

GM’s self-driving deal with Honda is a wakeup call for Waymo (Ars Technica)

Japan's Toyota and SoftBank to form joint venture for new mobility services (CNBC)

There’s No Escape From This U.S. Car Crash (Bloomberg)

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