Tenth Annual Automotive Outlook Symposium

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago May 29-30, 2003, will host its eleventh annual Automotive Outlook Symposium at the Detroit Branch of the Chicago Fed. The day-and-a-half conference will focus on the long- and short-term forces shaping the vehicle industry.


The event includes a presentation by Chicago Fed Senior Economist William Strauss who will give the consensus outlook from Symposium participants.

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12:00 PM
12:00 PM
Technology and Regulation: Meeting the Challenges of the Future

Co-sponsored by J. D. Power and Associates.

  • CAFE: A Solution in Search of a Problem—History, Economics, and Policy
Tom Walton, Director of Economic Policy, General Motors Corporation
  • Small Line Diesel Engines as Winning Commercial and Regulatory Strategy
Kevin McMahon, Partner, The Martec Group, Inc.
  • Consumer Demand for Alternative Powertrain Vehicles
Walter McManus, Executive Director of Global Forecasting Services, J. D. Power and Associates
9:00 AM
Morning Presentations
  • Consensus Economic Outlook
William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Heavy Truck Industry Outlook
Ken Vieth, Co-principal, Americas Commercial Transportation Research Company
  • Sales Outlook from the Dealers' Perspective
Paul Taylor, Chief Economist, National Automobile Dealers Association
12:00 PM
1:15 PM
Afternoon Presentations
  • Suppliers' Perspective
James Meil, Manager - Economic Analysis, Eaton Corporation
  • Used Vehicle Outlook
Tom Kontos, Vice President, Industry Relations and Analytical Services, ADESA Corporation
3:00 PM

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