Top Automotive Industry News for Week of January 11 - January 17, 2021

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of January 11, 2021 – January 17, 2021.

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

-Automotive Executives Association (AEA) News-

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-Automotive Manufacturing News-

Amazon to let automakers use Alexa software to create their own in-car voice assistants (CNBC)

Cadillac wants to fly people in electric drones (Mashable)

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles gets into air taxi business with Silicon Valley's Archer (Detroit Free Press)

Fiat Chrysler, Groupe PSA merge to become Stellantis (Detroit News)

Ford to end manufacturing in Brazil, sees $4.1 billion in charges from South American restructuring (CNBC)

Geely and Foxconn form partnership to build cars for other automakers (Reuters)

GM startup to make new electric truck for FedEx, other delivery services (Detroit Free Press)

Hyundai, Ford F-150, Mustang Mach-E take North American Car, Truck, Utility of Year Awards (Detroit Free Press)

Kia Tells Us Its Seven-Year-Plan for Electric Vehicles (Car and Driver)

Kia follows GM lead, touting new logo, sustainable mission (CNBC)

Rivian, Chase partner to create an all-digital customer financing experience (Chase)

Sony begins testing its electric car concept on public roads (CNBC)

Self-driving vehicles allowed to skip some crash safety standards under new rule (Detroit News)

-Automotive Retail News-

A Microchip Might Be Why the New Car You Want Is Hard to Locate (Car and Driver)

BMW plans to double battery electric car sales this year (autoblog)

BMW's Access subscription program is dead, report says (CNet)

CarMax Rolls Out Presale Test Drives, Expands Guarantee (Wards)

Orders for Ford's full-size Bronco open Jan. 20; model year 2021 to be abbreviated (Detroit News)

Pickup trucks dominate America’s 10 best-selling vehicles of 2020 (CNBC)

The Future of Car Buying in New Virtual-First World: Reveals 5 Dominating Forces Driving Auto in 2021 (PR Newswire)

TrueCar Forecasts 16.0 Million New Vehicle Sales for 2021 (PR Newswire)

Used-Vehicle Prices Ahead of Year-Ago, Cox Automotive Says (Wards)

Weekly Automotive Market Update – 1/12/2021 (Black Book)

With a lot of optimism and vaccine hopes, U.S. auto sales could increase as much as 10% in 2021 (CNBC)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Tesla balks at touch screen recall, US agency takes action (Detroit News)

-General Business & Executive News-

Car auction company KAR goes 100% digital years ahead of schedule amid pandemic (CNBC)

CarGurus Completes Acquisition of CarOffer (Globe Newswire)

Detroit auto show leaving downtown for Pontiac as COVID-19 fears continue (Detroit Free Press)

LendingTree Taps Fair as First Flexible Used Car Lease Option in Online Marketplace (Auto Dealer Today)

Matt VanDyke to Lead FordDirect as CEO (Globe Newswire)

Toyota Agrees to Pay Record $180M Fine for Emissions Violations (Detroit Bureau)

Traffic Deaths Rise Through First Nine Months of 2020 Despite Drop in Vehicles on the Road (Detroit Bureau)

Trump delays increase in fuel economy penalties at auto industry request (Reuters)

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