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The Auto Industry Said Goodbye to a Lot of Cars in 2018

Source: New York Business Journal

In 2018, the U.S. automotive industry began to say goodbye to one of its longest-enduring products: the car. Both Ford Motor Co. and General Motors said they were going to nearly eliminate their production of sedans and coupes to concentrate on the much-more profitable production of sport utility vehicles and trucks.

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Edmunds Experts Forecast 16.9 Million New Vehicles will be Sold in 2019

Source: PR Newswire

New vehicle sales will continue to decline in 2019, continuing a trend started in 2017, according to a new report from Edmunds. Edmunds analysts forecast that a total of 16.9 million new vehicles will be sold in 2019, compared to an expected 17.2 million vehicles in 2018. Despite this downward trend, Edmunds experts note that auto sales will remain at a historically high level, because positive economic factors such as low unemployment, high consumer confidence and low gas prices are expected to persist through 2019, and a surge in lease returns is expected to give the auto market a boost.

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Top Auto Industry Stories of 2018: From a Jailed CEO to the End of the World as We Know it

Source: Forbes

There were no catastrophes in the auto industry in 2018, but there was plenty of intrigue and change. Here are the top five stories of the year.

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Dave Andrea Joins Plante Moran’s Strategy and Automotive/Mobility Consulting Practice

Plante Moran announced that Dave Andrea has joined the firm as a Principal in its Strategy and Automotive/Mobility Consulting Practice. Andrea brings to Plante Moran more than 30 years of deep industry knowledge to further expand Plante Moran’s capabilities in strategy, intelligence and research in support of the firm’s extensive and growing portfolio of suppliers in the automotive and mobility industries. Working with Plante Moran’s automotive teams in the US, Mexico, India, Japan and China, he will leverage his in-depth knowledge of international trade and tariff impacts on behalf of the firm’s clients facing global trade challenges.

Prior to joining Plante Moran, Andrea served as the senior vice president and chief economist at the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), where he was responsible for directing industry benchmarking surveys, expanding OEM relations, and managing several OESA councils.  He joined OESA from the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), which he helped found in 2003, and served in many roles there including CFO, executive vice president of research and director of forecasting.

“We’re excited to have Dave join the firm,” said Daron Gifford, leader of Plante Moran’s Strategy and Automotive/Mobility Consulting Practice. “His depth of experience in the dynamic and rapidly changing automotive and mobility landscape will expand our capabilities and enhance the service and strategic guidance we provide clients.”


What’s New on the SAA Website

Read LMC Automotive’s insight on the timing and reasoning of the GM restructuring. Go to to read the report.


Europe: Brexit, Possible U.S. Tariffs, Italy Volatility Forecast to Slow Auto Growth in 2019

Source: Automotive News Europe

The European auto market’s run of solid gains since 2013 may be coming to an end, with analysts predicting that sales will be largely flat in 2019. Part of that is a natural conclusion to a positive economic cycle, they said, but other factors will play a role, including uncertainty around Brexit, the possibility of U.S. tariffs on imported cars, the volatility of the Italian economy and lingering effects of the new Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).

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Welcome New SAA Members


Margaret Baxter, Inteva Products
Jim Bianchi, Bianchi Public Relations
Uwe Bonkat, EFTEC North America LLC
Steven Caldwell, ITW Deltar Fasteners
Michael Catauro, Business Development Bank of Canada
Anthony Daines, Inteca Products LLC
Norm Dickson, Precision Resource
Ben Duby, MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions
Danielle Ericks, Nissan
Marion Fantetti, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation
Amir Fard, Bridgestone Americas
Paul Feimer, AV Gauge and Fixture Inc.
Dale Gayeski, GEDIA Automotive Group
Brian Gira, GGB
David Golembiewski, Sensata Technologies
Riki Lida, TE Connectivity
Naoto Isa, Goodyear Japan Ltd.
Chane Johnson, CCL Design
Steve Kelly, Litens Automotive
Madhav Komaragiri, L&T Technology Services
Tony LaRosa, Aristeo
Eric Legary, TRQSS, Inc.
Paul McKune, Martinrea
Lance McLellan, Business Development Bank of Canada
Joe McLinden, Fischer Group
Jared Miller, CCL Design
Christopher Minnie, Lexon Corp.
Fumiyoshi Miyazaki, BASF Corp.
Michael Moyer, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
Matthew Myoski, Visteon Corp.
Lisa Muhleck, Quinn IP Law
Taku Naito, Goodyear Japan Ltd.
Brittany Newell, Sensata Technologies
Shane Ogata, Kamco Industries Inc.
Gregory Papp, TE Connectivity
Dennis Patterson, Filtran LLC
Danny Pedri, EFTEC North America, L.L.C.
Paul Philpott, Autodesk
Hank Richardson, L&L Products
Jon Rigoni, Ariseto
Curt Robbins, GGB Bearings Technology
John Rotundo, Corvac Composites LLC
Chris Sarros, TRQSS, Inc.
Doug Scott, Clarity Research LLC
Robert Showalter, Tooling & Equipment International
Mark Simmons, Mark Simmons Associates
Vishal Singh, Kamco Industries Inc.
Wendy Stark, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation
David Stout, Global Electronics
Brydon Stull, Spartan Light Metal Products
Joe Surowiec, L&L Products
Daryl Thomson, Autodesk
Sean Torres, Ford Motor Co.
Zach Warby, Laird
JP Wiese, Boyd Corporation
Don Wood, Metabuilt
Jonathan Wood, Ford Motor Co.
Kathy Wyrofsky, International Products Corporation
Tatsuki Yamada, Mitsui & Co. (Canada) Ltd.
Jim Zainea, CIE Autmotive
John Zekany, LMC Automotive


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