The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Brendan Byrnes and technology editor/analyst Andrew Tonner discuss topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Brendan takes a look at the overall state of the auto industry. What are some of the major trends, and which company can benefit most from them going into 2012?

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