What's New at the SAA
• Save the Date: January 14, 2018
• End the Year by Networking at HopCat
• SAA Members Invited to Free Seminar and Ford Field Tour
• Senators Press Auto Industry on Exploding Sunroofs
• Moody’s Negative Outlook for Auto Industry: ‘We Might be Approaching an Inflection Point’
• Is the Car Industry Really Doomed?
• 3 Surprising Predictions About the Auto Industry in 2040
• Detroit Automakers Solidify Commitment to Mobility
A major lightweighting trend is the move toward implementing a mixed material approach in order to lose weight, according to speakers at the September 25 Automotive Lightweighting Summit, organized by the Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA).Read More
How to get weight out of vehicles that already have been made significantly lighter is a conundrum facing suppliers and automakers alike. Unfortunately, there is no silver-bullet solution that will make the process easier going forward, say panelists at the Society of Automotive Analysts Lightweighting Summit.Read More
Meet Michael Sullivan – the 2017-2018 recipient of the SAA Thought Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship. Sullivan is a senior at Oakland University with a 3.75 GPA and majoring in Management Information Systems. Q) When did you know you wanted to go into the automotive industry? A) I’ve always had a connection to the automotive companies…Read More
U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 6.3 percent in September — the first gain of the year — on strong truck demand and fatter deals. Some analysts expected industry volumes last month to benefit from replacement demand for hundreds of thousands of vehicles damaged by hurricanes in Texas and Florida. But the robust results — underscored by a seasonally adjusted annualized sales rate of 18.58 million for the month — blew well past the most optimistic forecasts. It is the highest SAAR since the 20.64 million rate recorded in July 2005 behind employee-style discounts.Read More
Over the next decade, automakers will continue to increase the adoption of high-strength, low weight aluminum in new car and truck construction at a faster pace than any time in history. Total aluminum content is expected to grow from 397 pounds per vehicle (PPV) in 2015 to 565 PPV by 2028, representing 16 percent of total vehicle weight, according to a survey of automakers conducted by Ducker Worldwide reaffirming continued market share growth for aluminum into high-volume vehicles. This is consistent with the emerging trend of automakers transitioning to a multi-material vehicle (MMV) design approach, choosing aluminum for doors, hoods and trunk lids, body-in-white, bumpers and crash boxes.