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Receive an update on the state of mergers and acquisitions in the automotive industry and hear from experts on numerous topics such as what makes the auto sector attractive to private equity and other investors. The event is May 21 at the Detroit Athletic Club, and is being 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 SAA partnered with Toyota to provide SAA members with an insider’s look at Toyota’s N.A. R&D/Headquarters and Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC). Attendees will heard the latest R&D and autonomous driving updates from the world’s largest automaker.


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

Mar 31, 2019

• Registration Now Open for Pathways to Growth in M&A Activity
• SAA and YPN Members Invited to Exclusive Networking Opportunity
• Waymo’s Cristi Landy Joins SAA Board
• The Auto Industry Barely Survived the Great Recession. Now it Faces its Biggest Hurdle Yet
• Feuding Auto Industry Unites to Oppose Trump’s Import Tariffs
• Domestic Auto Industry Outlook: Smooth Ride in the Near Term
• Detroit Could Be Next Victim of a Tech Cold War
• GM, Auto Industry May Have To Beware of Amazon, Says Analyst
Global Automakers are Lining Up to Buy Fiat Chrysler. Here’s Why
• Amid Reform at Nissan, Merger Talk Persists

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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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General Motor’s Restructuring – Why Do it and Why Now?

Dec 21, 2018

General Motors announced a significant restructuring on November 26th 2018, including a 15% reduction in their salaried workforce, the shuttering of the Lordstown and Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plants in the US and the Oshawa assembly complex in Canada in 2019. In addition, the Baltimore Operations and Warren Transmission plants will also be shut down in 2019.
So in a current environment with an economy that is likely to grow near the 3% level, a US auto industry holding steading above the 17 million unit level and GM earning nearly $6 billion through the first 3 quarters of 2018, many are asking, why would GM make cuts of this magnitude now?

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Frontier Strategy Group and Ducker Worldwide Announce New Brand Identity, DuckerFrontier

Feb 18, 2019

Following the acquisition and integration of Ducker Worldwide in 2018, Frontier Strategy Group is proud to announce the combined company’s new name and brand: DuckerFrontier. The new brand signifies the company’s unique value proposition of bringing together two respected names in the market intelligence and consulting space.

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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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Autonomous Vehicle Awareness Rising, Acceptance Declining

Aug 16, 2018

In the race for self-driving cars, building consumer trust when it comes to safety is just as important as building the technology. According to findings from the 2018 Cox Automotive Evolution of Mobility Study: Autonomous Vehicles, consumer awareness of driverless vehicles has skyrocketed and the desire for autonomous features is high.

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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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