Top Automotive Industry News for Week of January 14 - January 20, 2019

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of January 14, 2019 - January 20, 2019.

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

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-Automotive Manufacturing News-

2019 Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year Announced (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Can Cadillac ever get its groove back? (USA Today)

Carlos Ghosn to remain in Tokyo jail until at least March (MarketWatch)

Chevy pulls 'Real People' TV ads challenging Toyota, Honda, Ford (Detroit Free Press)

Chevy Sonic Could Be Next as GM Kills Off Slow-Selling Passenger Cars (The Detroit Bureau)

EVs Aren’t Ready to “Take Over the World,” Says Toyota’s Lentz (The Detroit Bureau)

Farley Says Ford Following a Different Game Plan for EVs (The Detroit Bureau)

Ford and Volkswagen will build commercial vans and pickup trucks together in new partnership (CNBC)

Ford is developing hybrid and all-electric F-150 pickup trucks it says won't skimp on power (CNBC)

Ford sued for sexual, racial harassment at Dearborn Truck Plant (The Detroit News)

Ghosn received $9 million improperly from Nissan-Mitsubishi JV: companies (Reuters)

GM's Barra signals no new vehicles for Detroit Hamtramck, Lordstown (USA Today)

GM could overtake Tesla as most valuable U.S. carmaker (The Detroit News)

GM Wins Top Prize in Loyalty Awards (Auto Dealer Monthly)

How Fiat Chrysler Sped From Laggard to Leader in Detroit (The New York Times)

Hyundai Lets Furloughed Federal Workers Defer Loan Payments (Car and Driver)

New President, New Strategy for Infiniti (The Detroit Bureau)

Next Dodge Challenger will get electric-motor boost (The Detroit News)

Nissan challenges Tesla in massive shift to electric with 'complete reinterpretation' of the car (CNBC)

Read the email Elon Musk sent to Tesla employees explaining the need for job cuts (CNBC)

Tesla to cut workforce by 7 percent, increase Model 3 production at lower prices (USA Today)

Tesla will need to make cheaper Model 3s by the second half of 2019 (CNBC)

U.S. automakers push for deal on fuel efficiency rules (Reuters)

U.S. grand jury indicts four Audi managers in VW emissions probe (Reuters)

-Automotive Evolution News-

FCA to pilot car-sharing, subscription for Jeep owners (The Detroit News)

We spoke to a Waymo One customer about how robot taxis get confused by rainstorms (The Verge)

-Automotive Retail News-

Auto loan rate forecast for 2019 (Bankrate)

California dealers try to stop Volvo’s car subscription service (The Verge)

Fintech's goal: A more seamless, streamlined car-purchase process (Auto Remarketing)

The Antidote to a Down Market May Surprise You (Auto Dealer Monthly)

TrueCar's ALG Forecasts 17 Million New Vehicle Sales for 2019 (PR Newswire)

-Automotive Wholesale News-

Eblock online auction launches in US (Auto Remarketing)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-

3 highs, 3 lows of Detroit auto show: Toyota Supra generates buzz, Infiniti flubs debut (USA Today)

James Garner's 'Rockford Files' Pontiac Firebird is crossing the auction block (Fox News)

These are the 10 most collectible cars of the Detroit auto show's past 30 years (USA Today)

-Automotive Servicing News-

Hyundai, Kia recall 168,000 vehicles due to increased fire risk (Detroit Free Press)

-General Business & Executive News- exploring 'strategic alternatives' including sale of company (Chicago Tribune)

Economist: Auto industry could create the next recession (USA Today)

Hyundai Punts on NFL Sponsorship Deal (AdAge)

Lithia names first chief legal officer, AutoWeb appoints first COO (Auto Remarketing)

The Car's Death Is Exaggerated, Say the People With Cars to Sell (Bloomberg)

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