Fifteenth Annual Automotive Outlook Symposium
On June 5–6, 2008, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago hosted its Fifteenth Annual Automotive Outlook Symposium. The Symposium began on Thursday, June 5, with a speaker and a test drive of fuel cell vehicles, courtesy of General Motors. There was a dinner following the event at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago–Detroit Branch, 1600 East Warren Avenue, which was sponsored by J. D. Power and Associates.
On Friday, June 6, the symposium convened at the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The symposium focused on the shaping of the vehicle industry. The topics included: a review of the Detroit Three–UAW labor contracts; the vehicle sales outlook from the OEM (original equipment manufacturers) perspective; medium- and heavy-duty truck industry outlook; dealers' and suppliers' perspectives on the sales outlook; and the consensus outlook of symposium participants.