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New Video Feature from the SAA

For more than 30 years, the SAA has been at the forefront of automotive industry trends and insights. We are excited to launch a new quarterly video series that will feature industry thought leaders providing compelling perspectives on what lays ahead for our sector.


This two minute video features automotive industry experts Mark Barrott and Dana Coomes of Plante Moran. Download their latest white paper “The Future of Mobility: Reinventing the Auto Industry” referenced in the video to find out more. 

What's New at the SAA


For the past three years, the SAA held the Automotive Lightweighting Summit. As the automotive industry has evolved to focus on all types of innovations promoting mobility, so too has the event which will feature a more diverse examination of the technologies furthering tomorrow’s mobility solutions.



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.


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

Aug 1, 2019

• You Have Until the End of the Week to Submit Your Entry for SAA’s Innovation in Mobility Awards
• New Video Feature from the SAA: What Key Trends are Top Automotive Experts Predicting for the 3rd Quarter?
• Save the Date: October 17, 2019
• The Wall Street Journal and DuckerFrontier Collaborate on Brand New Market Intelligence Solution
• Managerial Costing for Automotive Cost Estimators, Buyers and Cost Engineers
• Toyota, Honda, Subaru Post July Sales Gains as Detroit 3 Abandon Monthly Reports
• Special Report: The Electric Car Comes of Age
• “Truck, Truck and Away”: Pickups Drive GM’s Profit Beat
• Michigan Auto Sector Looks to Defense Industry as Sales Slow
• Don’t Blame a Slowing Economy for Auto Industry Woes
• Auto Suppliers Take More Pessimistic View of China Vehicle Production
• Demand Load

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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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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 Marissa DeCook — the 2019 SAA Scholarship Winner

Aug 7, 2019

Oakland University senior Marissa DeCook is the 2019 recipient of SAA’s Thought Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship. Marissa, who grew up in Macomb, Mich., is currently studying Operations Management with a specialization in Supply Chain Management and a minor in Business Analytics.

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Demand Load

Aug 1, 2019

A slew of electric vehicles that collectively represent billions of dollars in investment are about to hit the market. Yet even with all that firepower, consumers remain lukewarm to the idea of plugging in.

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