What's New at the SAA
Looking to get your creative ideas heard? Look no further. The SAA is excited to introduce the first “SAA Ignite” event. Modeled on the renowned Ted Talks concept, SAA Ignite will give 10 selected speakers the opportunity to tell the world about their passions and share their ideas.
OEM PURCHASING SUMMIT
The 8th Annual OEM Purchasing Summit took place May 16, 2017. The popular event featured purchasing executives from six leading automakers and Dr. John Henke's report from his annual study looking at OEM-supplier relations.
As recall volumes continue at over 50 million affected vehicles per year and news of global recalls dominate the headlines, the industry continues to wonder what the future will hold. In an environment of change and upheaval, how do we know what the right path is? SAA members and guests learned more about the latest data, trends and observations on automotive recalls during the 4th Annual Automotive Warranty & Recall Symposium on March 28.
• Annual OEM Purchasing Summit to Examine Supplier-OEM Relationships
• Does the U.S. Auto March Sales Indicate the Industry Is Losing Steam?
• Auto Industry Ready to Fight GOP’s Border Tax
• Key Trends Driving the Auto Industry
• Falling Used Car Prices Could Hurt New Sales, Analyst Warns
• As Auto Sales Cool, There Are Great Deals to be Had — and Worries of a Lending Bubble
• If Lithia Motors is Any Indication, the Auto Industry is Still Rolling Along
• Self-Driving Cars Alter Supplier Alliances
U.S. light-vehicle recalls set an all-time record last year and experts predict they will remain elevated in coming years, so parts suppliers should get their houses in order to overcome potentially costly penalties and litigation.Read More
Sales at all six of the biggest automakers in the U.S. dropped again in April, with Ford Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. posting the steepest declines — about 7 percent each. To make matters worse, each company’s figures fell short of what analysts had estimated, sending the industry to its fourth straight down month after a record sales year in 2016.Read More
Both General Motors and Nissan have made cost-cutting a priority—but with very different results, according to this year’s Supplier Working Relations Index study.
GM has improved its relationships with its suppliers by leaps and bounds, its score up from “Poor” two years ago to the high end of “Adequate” this year, closing in on “Good.” Meanwhile, Nissan is heading in the other direction, ranking lowest of the six U.S. and Japanese OEMs measured in the study.