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UPDATED INDUSTRY FORECAST & OUTLOOK

As the world attempts to determine the impacts of COVID and when “normal” will return, the SAA will provide the most up-to-date forecasts and perspectives on the state of the auto industry and where the industry is heading on August 18 as three leading industry experts will provide their insights.

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HOW TO OPTIMIZE LINKEDIN TO SUPPORT YOUR BRAND & GENERATE LEADS

Ever notice how some people seem to really “get” LinkedIn, and others blend in? Join us on September 2 as Brenda Meller, Owner and Marketing Consultant at Meller Marketing shows us how to ROCK our personal brand online and help to generate leads using LinkedIn.

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CANDID INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES FROM REID BIGLAND

During SAA's July 21 webinar, former FCA executive Reid Bigland shared his candid industry insights on the following: Automotive environment both pre-and-post COVID-19; Challenges for OEMs going forward due to COVID-19; and the Electrification Conundrum – who really wants these things, Governments or the Consumer? The recording of the video is available to SAA members. 

 

11TH ANNUAL OEM PURCHASING SUMMIT

SAA, in partnership with OESA, co-hosted the OESA/SAA 2020 Purchasing Summit on June 25, 2020. The online event, which was sponsored by Plante Moran, featured a presentation of the 2020 North American Automotive OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index Study® (WRI®), along with comments by purchasing executives from GM, Ford, FCA, Toyota, Nissan and Honda.

HOW WAYMO IS BUILDING THE WORLD'S MOST EXPERIENCED DRIVER

In our June 17 webinar, Patrick Cadariu discussed how Waymo is building the world’s most experienced driver, the Waymo Driver, which includes state-of-the-art hardware and advanced software integrated as a seamless, single system into their vehicles at the Waymo Detroit assembly facility.

WILL THE FIRST AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES DELIVER PACKAGES, NOT PEOPLE?

In the June 2 webinar, Colin Langan discussed his new study of autonomous vehicle delivery, which was released in conjunction with the webinar. While most autonomous vehicle (AV) startups have focused on rideshare, Colin believes the autonomous delivery opportunity is more compelling given lower technology hurdles and better economics.

TOYOTA'S GLOBAL EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE MOBILITY FOR ALL

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

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SAA NEWSLETTER

The Latest SAA Newsletter

Aug 3, 2020

• Webinar: An Updated Industry Forecast and Outlook
• How to Optimize LinkedIn to Support Your Brand & Generate Leads
• Attend the Next Two SAA Webinars at No Cost
• SAA’s Mobility Innovation Awards Now Open for Entries
• U.S. Auto Sales Pandemic Recovery Continues as Toyota Decline Slows
• Pandemic Bailout Headed Off Potential Auto Industry Disaster, Says Retired FCA Sales Chief
• Hyundai and Mazda Up, Toyota and Honda Down as U.S. Auto Sales Show Mixed Results
• Webinar: Supplier Strategy Re-Boot: Navigating the Post-COVID Market
• The Outlook on Light Vehicle Electrification in the U.S.
• The Death of the $2 Trillion Auto Industry Will Come Sooner Than Expected
• The Auto Industry Has Borrowed an Absurd Amount of Money to Get Through COVID
• The Auto Industry is Recovering ‘Faster Than Expected,’ Analyst Says
• Wall Street Not So Sure About the Resiliency of Detroit Automakers During the Pandemic
• Pandemic Won’t Drive Autonomous Vehicles Away
• Webinar: Leveraging Robotic Process Automation in the Manufacturing Industry

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2020 EVENT LIST

2020 SAA Events

Jan 1, 2020

The SAA has a robust line-up of events planned for 2020. Check regularly for updates.

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ANALYST INSIGHT

Auto Industry Could See ‘Cruel Summer’ Amid Economic Uncertainties, Analysts Say

Jul 5, 2020

There could be a “cruel summer” ahead for the auto industry amid an uncertain economic environment, low inventory levels and COVID-19 cases increasing in some parts of the country.

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OEM-SUPPLIER RELATIONS

Toyota Sweeps Supplier Relations Rankings in Study; is “Most Preferred” Customer

Jul 5, 2020

Results of the 20th annual North American Automotive OEM – Supplier Working Relations Index® Study show that of the six major U.S. and Japanese automakers, only Toyota and FCA made any significant improvement in their scores this year.

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

North American Automakers and Suppliers Return to Work Amidst Uncertainty

May 21, 2020

The Detroit 3 (FCA, Ford, GM) and their international counterparts and suppliers with manufacturing and assembly in North America have started to return to life this week after a two-month lockdown due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The automakers have redesigned assembly lines and added additional training for autoworkers in an increased effort to avoid additional outbreaks of COVID-19 that could throw off production for a second time.

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Will First Autonomous Vehicles Deliver Packages, Not People?

Jul 5, 2020

With no one in a self-driving delivery vehicle, there are no airbags, seatbelts or comfort issues, says analyst Colin Langan. “Bags of potatoes don’t care if it’s a bumpy ride.”

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Winning in Asia

May 8, 2020

Learn the secrets to winning in Asian car markets with Michael J. Dunne, an entrepreneur and author with 25 years of success in Asia. A native of Detroit, Dunne has founded companies in China, Thailand and Indonesia. He also speaks Chinese and Thai. Doing business in Asia is like playing an away game. Everything is different. How to grow your business there, to make profits? Dunne’s candid conversations with executives who have found a way to win in Asia will open your eyes to what works and what does not work. Listeners learn how to avoid the land mines. And capitalize on the opportunities.

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EVENT RECAP

Pandemic Bailout Headed Off Potential Auto Industry Disaster, Says Retired FCA Sales Chief

Jul 22, 2020

Credit federal aid, including extended unemployment benefits, with keeping the auto industry from crashing and burning during the coronavirus pandemic, Reid Bigland, the recently retired head of sales for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said during a webinar sponsored by the Society of Automotive Analysts.

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