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The 10th Annual OEM Purchasing Executives Summit took place June 18, 2019 in front of a sold-out audience at Faurecia. Members heard from the purchasing execs from the Big 6 automakers and had the opportunity to meet the executives and members of their staff.



SAA members and guests received an update on the state of mergers and acquisitions in the automotive industry and heard from experts on numerous topics such as what makes the auto sector attractive to private equity and other investors. The May 21 event at the Detroit Athletic Club was held in partnership with Conway MacKenzie.


Members and guests heard about the latest trends and insights regarding automotive recall size, scope and type, and much more at the 6th Annual State of Automotive Recalls Summit held on March 27.


More than 120 industry executives attended the 32nd Annual Automotive Outlook Conference on Jan. 13. 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. Attendees heard from leading analysts, Rivian Automotive executives and more. Presentations can be seen in the Members Section. 


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 3, 2019

• Entries Now Being Taken for Innovation in Mobility Awards
• U.S. June Sales a Mixed Bag for Automakers; SUVs, Trucks Still Strong
• Vehicle Sales are Down for the Detroit Three, But Prices are Rising
• Edmunds Warns of a Tough 2019 for US Auto Industry as Sales Slide for Second Time Since Great Recession and Profits Shrink
• Save the Date: October 17, 2019
• SAA Members Receive Discount for Automotive LIDAR 2019 Conference
• Behind the Plunge in China Auto Sales: Chaotic Implementation of New Emission Rules
• GM Avoids this Auto Industry ‘Wreck,’ Giving it an Edge Over Ford
• Obtain Free Access to AutoBeat Daily
• The Average Age of Cars on America’s Roads Went Up Again, Report Says
• Renault Should Sell Nissan Stake and Press Ahead with FCA Merger, Analyst Says

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2019 Event List

2019 SAA Events

Feb 20, 2018

The SAA has a robust line-up of events planned for 2019. Check regularly for updates.

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Auto Impact of U.S. Tariff Threat on Imports from Mexico

Jun 4, 2019

The US plans to impose a 5% tariff on all imports from Mexico, starting on 10 June. The duty will increase by 5% every month, until reaching a cap of 25% in October.
In 2018, a total of $372 billion in goods and services were imported from Mexico, while the US exported $299 billion to Mexico. Completed vehicles and auto parts from Mexico accounted for $93 billion, or 25% of the total, while vehicles and parts to Mexico amounted to $22 billion, or 7% of the total. How will these tariffs affect the industry?

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Following Chinese Backsliding, U.S. Increases Tariffs on China

May 16, 2019

The U.S. increased the tariff rate from 10% to 25% on $200bn of Chinese exports. At the same time, President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on all remaining Chinese exports to the U.S.

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SAA Automotive Outlook Conference Recap: “Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Volatility”

Jan 15, 2019

Last Sunday I was honored to present FSG’s Global Economic Outlook at the Society of Automotive Analysts’ Outlook conference in Detroit, the unofficial kickoff of the prestigious North American international Auto Show. I lightheartedly titled my presentation “How to Stop Worrying and Love Volatility” because 2019 promised to feel even more unstable for business and investors than 2018.

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What Effect Will Shared Autonomous Vehicles Have on the Future of Mobility?

May 12, 2019

Autonomous Vehicles (AVs), especially Shared Autonomous Vehicles (SAVs), have created a huge buzz over the last few years. An SAV is the transformative AV type that has the potential to revolutionise personal mobility and reduce the need, or desire, for people to own a car. We expect that SAVs will, in the end, achieve this outcome, but the industry appears to be aligning with our view that the race towards widespread AV provision is a marathon, not a sprint.

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Meet Kirsten Hewson — the 2018 SAA Scholarship Winner

Sep 6, 2018

Kirsten Hewson is the 2018 recipient of SAA’s Thought Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship. Kirsten, who grew up in Royal Oak, Mich., is currently studying marketing at Oakland University. Q) What is your career goal? A) My career goal is to become a marketing manager or a brand manager. I would love to work on a…

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Top Automotive Trends in 2019: A Year of Wows and Woes

Mar 7, 2019

Automotive technologies will be fresh, exciting and innovative but the uncertainties caused by Brexit, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and China taking its foot off the growth accelerator will threaten to throw a spoke in the wheel. We’re likely to see the fall of an automotive giant, the (near) extinction of a car segment that has long defined the popular vision of the automotive industry, a windfall for the titans of new mobility, and much, much more technology-driven disruption.

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