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At the 2016 CES, GM CEO Mary Barra gave a keynote address (Photo: CES)

The annual CES exhibition, the first major consumer electronics exhibition of the year, officially starts in Las Vegas on January 5.

But press events already begin on January 3, when electric-vehicle startup Faraday Future and several other companies plan to announce new-product unveilings.

CES, the world's biggest technology, has in recent years featured a growing automotive presence, as car companies adopt more connected technologies that are often derived from the consumer electronics world.

In 2017 as well, most major car brands will host press events at CES, starting with press days on both January 3 and 4. The show officially opens January 5 and runs through January 8.

Among automotive highlights, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn will give a keynote address on January 5, while Ford CEO Mark Fields will speak at a dinner event on Friday, January 6.

Representing the tech industry, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsung Huang and Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf also will speak at CES.