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Eighteenth Annual Automotive Outlook Symposium

On June 2-3, 2011, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will host its Eighteenth Annual Automotive Outlook Symposium at its Detroit Branch.

 

On Thursday, June 2, the day will begin with a panel discussion, followed by a luncheon. After lunch we will head out to the Chrysler Technology Center in Auburn Hill, Michigan for a tour of Chrysler's state-of-the-art  Wind Tunnel and conclude with a reception at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum (see Conference Materials for more information). On Friday, June 3, the symposium will convene at the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. 

 

This year's symposium focuses on the near-term automotive outlook and the long-term structure of the industry. The topics include the perspective of the auto industry from the financial sector; the vehicle sales outlook from the OEM (original equipment manufacturers) perspective; medium- and heavy-duty truck industry outlook; dealers'perspectives on the sales outlook; the future of the supplier industry post-restructuring; and the consensus outlook of symposium participants.

 

Read the press release that provides a summary of the symposium.

Thursday, 06/02/11
10:00 AM
The Growing Role of Electronics in Automobiles
Thomas Kurfess, Professor and BMW Chair of Manufacturing, International Center for Automotive Research, Clemson University
James A Buczkowski, Henry Ford Technical Fellow, Director, Electrical and Electronics Systems Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company
Michael Smitka, Professor of Economics, Washington and Lee University
Thomas Klier, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
12:00 PM
Luncheon
3:00 PM
Wind Tunnel Tour
5:30 PM
Reception

The reception will be held at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum and will end at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, 06/03/11
8:30 AM
Conference Registration
Continental breakfast will be available.
9:00 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
William A Testa, Vice President and Director of Regional Programs, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
9:05 AM
Consensus Outlook
William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
9:30 AM
Vehicle Sales Outlook
Jeff Schuster, Executive Director, Global Forecasting and Product Analysis, J.D. Power and Associates
10:15 AM
Break
10:30 AM
Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Industry Outlook
Kenny Vieth, Partner, Americas Commercial Transportation Research Company
11:15 AM
The Dealers’ Perspective
Paul Taylor, Chief Economist, National Automobile Dealers Association
12:00 PM
Lunch
1:15 PM
Automotive Trends Call for Transformative Technology
Gary Vasilash, Editorial Director, Automotive Design & Production Time Compression
2:15 PM
The Suppliers’ Perspective
David Andrea, Vice President, Business Development, Original Equipment Suppliers Association
3:00 PM
Closing Remarks
William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
3:00 PM

 

Last Updated: 06/06/2011

Hotel Information

Atheneum Hotel
1000 Brush Ave
Detroit ,  MI   48226

Rooms at the Atheneum Hotel are available for conference attendees at a rate of $129.00 per night. To make a reservation, please contact the hotel directly by calling (313) 962-2323. To access the reserved block of rooms, please mention the "Auto Outlook Symposium." If you have questions or need assistance making a reservation, please contact Ella Dukes (contact information to the right) or Sandy Schneider via e-mail or (312) 322-8203.

2011 Symposium Press Release

Read a summary of the discussions and presentations at the symposium.

 

Background Materials

Link to our AOS Conference Series page with information on some of our previous symposia and summary articles.

Please Note

The speakers' presentations will be e-mailed to all registered participants on or before June 1, 2011. In addition, they will be available for download via this agenda. If you any questions, please contact Ella Dukes (contact information to the right).

 

Tour Information

Walter P. Chrysler Museum and Chrysler Wind Tunnel
One Chrysler Dr
Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2778
Tel: (248) 944-0450

The Walter P. Chrysler Museum and Chrysler Wind Tunnel is located on the Chrysler Group LLC headquarters complex in Auburn Hills, Michigan, approximately 30 miles north of downtown Detroit. Easily accessible from I-75 at exit 78 (Chrysler Drive), the museum is located at the southeast corner of the complex, at the intersection of Featherstone and Squirrel Roads. Free on-site parking is available.


The museum offers a barrier- and smoke-free environment.

Event Information
Event Contact
Ella Dukes
(312) 322-5757
Email
Date
06/02/11  - 06/03/11
Registration Deadline
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Location
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - Detroit Branch
1600 E Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

Walter P. Chrysler Museum and Chrysler Wind Tunnel
One Chrysler Dr
Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2778
Schedule
Thursday, June 2
Panel — 10:00 a.m.
Lunch — Noon
Tour — 3:00 p.m.
Reception — 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 3
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fee:
$0
Map


Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413, USA. Tel. (312) 322-5322

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