The Society of Automotive Analysts' vision to be recognized as the platform that provides automotive thought leadership. The SAA aims to provide outstanding networking opportunities, timely and useful data and a forum for the discussion and dissemination of ideas, concepts and solutions.
SAA members include every automotive industry professional interested in timely and useful auto industry data, discussion and dissemination of ideas, concepts and solutions.
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SAA Strategic Planning Summit
October 10, 2014
Lear Corp., Southfield, MI
SAA's third annual Summer Evening Event took place June 18, 2014 at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, MI. The event has become an outstanding networking opportunity for SAA members and guests, and has featured notable speakers discussing the latest in automotive technology. This year, speakers from Pandora, IBM and Continental discussed connectivity and engaged in an open dialogue with attendees. The event also included a strolling dinner.
Purchasing Executives from Top 6 Automakers Presented to Packed Auditorium at Annual OEM Purchasing Summit
SAA's 5th Annual Purchasing Summit included a presentation of the results of Planning Perspectives’ 2014 NA Automotive OEM-Supplier Relations Study by Dr. John Henke. The May 13 event at AAM Headquarters in Detroit featured purchasing executives from Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan and Honda. The execs responded to the study’s findings and presented their company’s purchasing plans, policies and strategies for the coming year. A lively question and answer session also took place.
Are Emerging Markets the New Achilles Heel of the Automotive Industry?
The global light vehicle market is expected to remain in positive territory this year with growth at 3 percent to over 87 million units, according to LMC Automotive. However, several emerging markets are underperforming and the outlook for vehicle sales in some of these previously high growth markets is being downgraded. Slower growth in the emerging markets is creating pressure for the global automotive industry and adding an element of uncertainty for key players that have invested heavily in these markets. Click here to read more
Results of the automotive industry’s first OEM Warranty and Recall Study were presented at the March 5, 2014 breakfast meeting of members and guests of the Society of Automotive Analysts. The presentation included a comprehensive review of data related to OEM and Tier 1 Supplier warranty and recall costs and related findings based on a recent survey of automotive OEM warranty managers. Click here for more information and to access the presentations.
Industry veteran Jim Lentz provided the keynote address at SAA’s annual Automotive Outlook Conference on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at COBO Center in Detroit. Lentz is chief executive officer, North America Region and president and chief operating officer of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. He also serves as a senior managing officer of parent company Toyota Motor Corporation.
The SAA Board adjusted the annual event to start and end earlier, and to provide additional time for networking. To view some of the presentations, click here.
A newly-released report by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) estimates the value to the U.S. economy of the federal government’s intervention to prevent the failure of GM and Chrysler in the beginning of 2009. CAR highlighted the impact of the pending bankruptcies on the economy, in research memorandums in 2008 and 2009. This new research memorandum provides an evaluation of the decision to provide funding to help General Motors and Chrysler through the bankruptcies in 2009 and the broader implications for the U.S. economy. Read more by clicking here.
“The United States can't get energy independence by requiring automakers to sell fuel-efficient vehicles. It will help our balance of payments a bit, but America can't substantially affect world oil prices or availability by using less auto fuel or bumping oil production. As long as OPEC has 78 percent of global petroleum reserves, if the U.S. cuts consumption, OPEC will simply pump less oil and keep prices high. ”
SAA is proud to offer its members access to the AutoBeat Group publications (a $300 value). Members can now access AutoBeat Daily, AutoTech Daily, AutoBeat Asia and AutoBeat Europe. Get instructions on how to access these publications by clicking here.
Looking to fill a position? Or are you looking for a job? The SAA's new Career Center may be able to help. This new members-only service can be found in the members-only section by clicking here.
The Young Professionals Network (YPN) provides networking opportunities and facilitates the exchange of ideas, insights and opinions among the next generation of automotive industry thought leaders. The YPN consists of career-minded automotive industry professionals who want to stay abreast of the latest trends while at the same time expanding their network of contacts.
For more information on the YPN, click here.
SAA President Michelle Krebs provides her message to SAA members.
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“There's high potential for more global energy shocks like those of the 1970s. Iran is a year away from having a nuclear weapon and then the Saudis and others will counter with their own nuclear weapon programs. The oil-rich region is becoming even less stable. ”