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Hear About Ford’s Corktown Plans at SAA-YPN Networking Event

Ford Motor Co. is betting on both the future of the automotive industry and the city of Detroit, with its purchase of the Michigan Central Station. Learn more about Ford’s plans and experience some great networking at Corktown’s newest hotspot – Bobcat Bonnie’s on November 28. Event is free to all SAA and YPN members but registration is required.

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Insider’s Look at Toyota’s N.A. R&D Headquarters & CSRC

The SAA has partnered with Toyota to provide SAA members with an insider’s look at Toyota’s N.A. R&D/Headquarters and Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC). Attendees will also hear the latest R&D and autonomous driving updates from the world’s largest automaker.

The members-only event will take place December 4, 2018. If you are not a member, now is the time to join.

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Save the Date: January 13. 2019

SAA’s Annual Automotive Outlook Conference will take place Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the Gem Theater in Detroit.

SAA has partnered with the NAIAS to offer all Outlook attendees exclusive and complimentary admission to the popular Automobili-D event happening at Cobo Center on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.  AutoMobili-D features more than 200 brands, ranging from automakers to suppliers, to tech startups as well as universities and government organizations. In addition to the companies showcasing their new innovations, AutoMobili-D features mobility-themed content/presentations on a variety of timely topics. Attendees will also have full access to the NAIAS show floor.

More information coming soon.

U.S. Auto Industry's October Surprise

Source: Forbes

Sleeping on October’s U.S vehicle sales numbers has economists and insiders tossing and turning about what’s really happening in the marketplace. On one hand it all makes sense. The sharp decline in passenger car sales was enough to offset booming demand for pickup trucks and SUVs to edge overall industry volumes down just 0.4% last month.

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5 Highlights from October U.S. Auto Sales

Source: Automotive News

U.S. auto sales edged up in October, which was not what analysts had expected. Here are five highlights from the month.

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AAM’s QUANTUM Driveline Wins SAA’s First-Ever Lightweighting Innovation Award

The SAA awarded its inaugural Lightweighting Innovation Award to American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) for its QUANTUM™ Driveline technology, which is scalable across multiple applications and offers significant mass reduction (up to 35 percent) without sacrificing performance or power. The announcement was made at SAA’s 3rd Annual Lightweighting Summit on Oct. 24, 2018.

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Waiting for the Chinese? They're Already Here

Source: Automotive News

As we wait — and wait — on the U.S. arrival of Chinese brands such as GAC and Chery, the Chinese auto industry can seem far away. We know China became the world's biggest vehicle market during the Great Recession, rivaling Europe and the U.S. combined. But aside from Li Shufu's ownership of Volvo (and his stake in Daimler and other audacious projects), the Chinese auto industry may as well be Jupiter. Large, yes, but too distant to matter.

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Auto Industry Looks to Future Beyond Car Ownership with Sharing, Subscriptions

Source: Financial Post

Major automakers are preparing for a future where drivers might not want to own the cars they use. The shift comes as the industry undergoes rapid technological change towards a driverless future, while high up-front costs and ownership burdens have a small but growing minority of drivers fuelling demand for alternatives.

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What Will USMCA Mean for the Auto Industry?

Source: CTV News

President Donald Trump insists his new North American trade deal will deliver a victory for U.S. factory workers by returning many high-paying jobs to the United States. Maybe. But a review of the agreement suggests that it could also mean higher prices for consumers and more inefficiencies for businesses. And the biggest winners might end up being robots and the companies that make them.

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The Auto Cycle Leaves Plenty of Room for Ford and GM to Continue Growing, Analysts Say

Source: CNBC

There's still plenty of time in the auto cycle, and General Motors and Ford continue to grow, Tigress Financial Partners CIO Ivan Feinseth said on CNBC. He told “Closing Bell” that at the trough of the auto cycle, the average age of a car is about 11 years old. At the peak, it is about 7 years old. This year, the average age of a car is about 10 years old.

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Luxury Car Owners Trade Up for American Pickups as Ford, GM and Ram Trucks Dominate Market

Source: CNBC

General Motors delivered Wall Street an unexpected surprise, substantially topping Wall Street earnings forecasts for its third quarter, and it wasn't because it's selling more cars. The automaker is racing to keep up with demand for its new Chevy Silverado pickup which was completely redesigned for the 2019 model-year. In particular, shoppers appear especially enamored with the new High Country model that can be loaded up with features like heated seats, a heads-up display on the windshield and even active noise cancellation.

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