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Automotive Outlook Conference

January 13, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Registration Opening Soon!

11:00 – 11:45 a.m. — Registration & Networking Brunch
11:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Speakers and Presentations

Don’t miss the SAA’s largest event of the year — the 32nd Annual Automotive Outlook Conference at the Gem Theater in Detroit. This event sets the stage for the first week of the North American International Auto Show and educates attendees on what to expect on the year ahead.

Hear expert views on:

  • Will vehicle demand fall in 2019 in light of rising interest rates and a growing used car population? Will SUVs continue to dominate? Will Tesla exponential growth continue? Can Premiums rebound?
  • What is the status of autonomous vehicles? Are the obstacles bigger than originally thought?
  • Is a recession on the horizon even as economic growth has been strong? What macro-level risk does the auto sector face in 2019?
  • Will emerging market volatility remain? Can growth in emerging markets carry global automotive volume?
  • How is technology transfer occurring with higher education to enable new technologies? How will this affect suppliers?
  • BEVs get the attention but a full array of technologies is coming including plug-ins and 48V systems. What technology will win? Is 2019 the liftoff for electrification?
  • What is the outlook for and impact of emissions regulations?
  • What are the financial markets concerned with in 2019 as it relates to autos? Is the U.S. past peak for good?

Attendees will receive admission to AutoMotbili-D at Cobo Center AND access to the NAIAS Show floor on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 (must attend Outlook to receive).

AutoMobili-D is comprised of six communities: connectedCAR, autonomousDRIVING, eMOBILITY, Universities & Associtions, mobilitySERVICES and smartCITIES. Last year, AutoMobili-D featured nearly 200 brands with 57 startups, in addition to global automakers, suppliers, universities and government organizations. No other event in North America provides an international platform for this vast array of companies, organizations and thought leaders under one roof.











Speakers include:

R.J. Scaringe
Founder & CEO
Rivian Automotive




Andrew Norton
Executive Director
Global Market Research, Volume Forecasting and Competitive Intelligence
General Motors



Martin Lavelle
Business Economist
Detroit Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago




Stephanie Brinley
Principal Automotive Analyst
IHS Market



Joel Whitaker
Senior Vice President/Chief Research Officer
Frontier Strategy Group



Jeff Schuster
President, Global Forecasting
LMC Automotive




Ross McKenzie
Managing Director
Centre of Automotive Research
University of Waterloo


Dr. Agnieszka (Aga) Iwasiewicz-Wabnig
Knowledge Transfer Facilitator
University of Cambridge




Rod Alberts
Executive Director
Detroit Automotive Dealers Association




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January 13, 2019
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Gem Theater
333 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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