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CANDID INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES FROM REID BIGLAND

Join the SAA on July 21 for a webinar featuring former FCA executive Reid Bigland who will share 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?

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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.

COVID-19’s IMPACT ON THE CHINA MARKET AND THE DETROIT THREE: AN INSIDER'S VIEW

COVID-19 has disrupted the global automotive industry and has exposed numerous challenges for the automotive industry. China, the world’s largest market, experienced the setbacks first seeing car sales collapse 80% in February and 45% in the first quarter. What can we learn from China, and how will China’s struggles and recovery efforts impact the rest of the world? Respected China auto expert Michael Dunne presented this informative webinar.

STATE OF AUTOMOTIVE RECALLS WEBINAR

SAA members and guests heard the latest trends and insights on automotive recalls during an April 29th webinar -- the 7th Annual State of Automotive Recalls Summit. The event was held in partnership with Stout and sponsored by LexisNexis. Miss the webinar? Don't fret. You can still watch it. 

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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

Jul 2, 2020

• Webinar: Candid Industry Perspectives from Reid Bigland
• Attend the Next Two SAA Webinars at No Cost! Take Advantage of SAA’s Discounted Membership Offer for New or Renewing Members
• New-Car Sales Fall for Second Consecutive Quarter in U.S.
• COVID-19 Automotive Sector Impact Report
• Auto Supplier Working Relations: Top 10 Takeaways from the 2020 WRI® Study
• The Near Term for Self-Driving Vehicles? More Delivery Duty, Less Rideshare Duty
• Toyota Named ‘Most Preferred Customer’ in Supplier Relations Study
• IHS Markit Forecasts a 22.8% Contraction in U.S. Light Vehicle Sales in 2020
• Car-Buying Demand Remained ‘Robust’ in June Despite Pandemic
• Slumping Fleet Sales Weigh on U.S. Auto Market
• Foreign Auto Industry Outlook: Multiple Headwinds Prevail
• It’s Already Been a Rough Year for Automakers — and That Was Before USMCA
• California Shakes Up Auto Industry, Says All Vans and Trucks Must be Electric by 2024
• Driver Free but Virus Free? Robo Cars Hit New Speed Bump
• Optimistic BOFA “Car Wars” Report Released: The Force Will Return After the CV-19 Dark Side Lifts

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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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COVID-19 SPOTLIGHT

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

COVID-19 Rules Threaten Vehicle Quality, Experts Say

May 1, 2020

Quality is likely to suffer when the U.S. auto industry restarts and reconfigures assembly lines to conform with new rules for disinfecting and social distancing, panelists at the Society of Automotive Analysts’ online State of Automotive Recalls Summit say. The event was held in partnership with Stout and sponsored by LexisNexis.

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