Industry Insight Video Series

In this edition of SAA's Industry Insights, Dave Andrea of Plante Moran discusses the findings of the 2021 WRI Study, which analyzes the working relationship between the top 6 OEMs and their suppliers.

What's New at the SAA


Join the SAA and its Young Professionals Network (YPN) on August 18th as a panel of experts discuss Reimagining the Future of Mobility. The panel will address the mobility ecosystem as a whole.



This Lunch & Learn on June 22nd featured the latest market forecast from LMC Automotive, and a discussion on the electric vehicle market. LMC also reviewed its new product — the “Global Hybrid and EV Bulletin.”  The Bulletin is a monthly service that provides global reporting and a region by region look at the EV market, starting with last month’s performance.


This online event on May 25th featured the reveal of the 2021 North American Automotive OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index® (WRI®) Study along with reactions by GM, Ford, Toyota, Nissan and Honda purchasing executives. Attendees were also be able to virtually network with the OEM executives and members of their staffs.



Technology is radically reshaping mobility in ways that will profoundly impact communities around the world.  SAA members heard from two of Toyota North America’s senior executives about how the company is leading the way to this mobility future.


Following the implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the changes to immigration policy brought by the Biden Administration, this session provided an overview of the U.S. and Canadian immigration policies and the impact to companies on recruiting and retaining their foreign workers.


2020 was a year defined by disruption and auto recalls were not immune. Over 300 new unique light vehicle recalls, affecting almost 28 million vehicles, required a new approach to recall response, during a time when ‘safety’ was being redefined. Experts from Stout provided trends and the latest insights on recalls during the 8th Annual Recalls Summit on April 14. 


The Society of Automotive Analysts is an organization that provides members with:

  • Direct and personal access to industry leaders
  • Exclusive events across the broad scope of the automotive industry
  • Networking and interaction with key influencers



The Latest SAA Newsletter

Jul 2, 2021

• New Event Notice: Reimagining the Future of Mobility
• Miss the LMC Lunch and Learn?
• New SAA Industry Insight Video Examines Findings of Working Relations Index Study
• Can Suppliers Avoid Extinction as the Automobile Pivots to Electric?
• Enterprise Value Increases to Drive Robust Automotive Supplier M&A Activity
• New Vehicle Prices Hit May Record
• Supply Constraints to Slow U.S. Auto Sales Growth in June
• Which Automotive OEMs Have the Best Supplier Relations?
• Semiconductor Shortages: Who is Cashing in?
• Mexico: There Is a (Growing) Liability in Your Fixed Assets – Which You Know You Have
• U.S. Hybrid Vehicle Market Share is Double That of Full EVs
• How Technology is Changing the Automotive Industry
• Raw Material Costs Rising for Automotive Industry
• LexisNexis Risk Solutions Helps Automakers Bridge Secondary Owner Knowledge Gap
• Is Your Culture Ready for Industry 4.0?
• Expectations for Youngstown’s Reinvention Diminish as Electric Truck Companies Scatter
• Automakers And Suppliers Need to Adapt “All-New Ways of Doing Business’

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2021 SAA Events

Mar 22, 2021

The SAA has a robust line-up of events planned for 2021. Check regularly for updates.

Click here to learn more.

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Automotive COVID-19 Recovery Series Helps Navigate a Path to a “New Normal”

Mar 1, 2021

IHS Markit has published three insight pieces providing research and perspectives into how the U.S. new and used vehicle ecosystems have already evolved from their pre-COVID-19 days, and, more importantly, what the more settled post-COVID-19 world, when it does arrive, will look like. These papers help navigate a path to a “new normal” in such unique times.

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Is the Chip Shortage a Perfect Opportunity for BEV Growth in the U.S.?

Jul 14, 2021

By year-end, there will be 21 new BEVs in the US market and we anticipate twice that number of new arrivals in 2022. Are we finally entering a phase of higher BEV demand? And when can we expect BEVs to overtake their ICE counterparts?

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Don’t Repeat Mistakes That Led to the Microchip Shortage

Apr 8, 2021

The great microchip crunch that has squeezed the auto industry should be mostly over by the middle of this year. But carmakers shouldn’t be so quick to forget the crisis’ lessons: Not only will there be a next time, but that next time will likely be worse.

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Pandemic Acts as Catalyst for Additional Change in Auto Industry, Analysts Suggest

Feb 1, 2021

The COVID crisis is proving to be a bigger accelerator for altering the automotive industry in fundamental ways than originally expected. OEMs must continue to grapple with the challenges brought about by autonomous driving, shared mobility, driveline electrification, but now there are additional changes in manufacturing as automaking transforms to a product from a service.

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June 15 Q’d Up: The Future is Now for Electric Vehicles

Jun 1, 2021

Mark your calendars for the North American International Auto Show’s Q’d Up Mobility event on June 15 as experts explore the outlook of the electric vehicle market and the challenges and opportunities that will come with the shift.

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Gen Y, Z Lead The Way With EVs

Mar 21, 2021

It has to be music to the ears of General Motors, Tesla, Rivian and other electric-savvy automakers.
One in four Gen Y and Z auto intenders say electric vehicle technology is a “must-have” in their next car.

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Enterprise Value Increases to Drive Robust Automotive Supplier M&A Activity

Jun 18, 2021

Analysis indicates that global aggregate auto supplier enterprise values will increase over $400 billion by the spring of 2022 (two years after the pandemic began), leading to robust M&A activity in the next 24 months.

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Ford Motor Company has issued an update to its Production Purchasing Global Terms and Conditions (effective July 1, 2021). Suppliers to Ford must carefully consider the changes and differences from prior versions of these Terms in order to understand the implications for their businesses.Foley & Lardner LLP prepared an analysis to help suppliers navigate these changes by not only identifying the most significant provisions and changes, but also explaining the possible implications and recommending strategic responses that suppliers should consider. Click here to view a PDF of the analysis.


Auto-Recall Attention Turns to Integrated Electronics

Apr 28, 2021

“New technologies lead to new challenges,” says NHTSA’s Stephen Ridella during the 8th Annual Automotive Recalls Summit held in partnership with Stout on March 18.

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