Nineteenth Annual Automotive Outlook Symposium

On May 31 and June 1, 2012, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago hosted its Nineteenth Annual Automotive Outlook Symposium at its Detroit Branch.


The symposium included near-term automotive and outlook and the long-term structure of the industry. On Thursday, May 31, there was a reception held at the Piquette Avenue Model T Plant located at 461 Piquette Ave, Detroit, MI. Detroit's Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is the birth place of the Model T and is the only example of an early Detroit auto factory open to visitors. You will see where Henry Ford designed the Model T and built the first 12,000 "Tin Lizzies." In addition to a tour of the facility, George Magliano of IHS Automotive will give a brief economic outlook on where we are in this current automotive recovery. 


On Friday, June 1, the symposium was held at the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. A press release with details of the symposium is available. 

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5:00 PM
T-Plex Museum Tour
The museum is located at 461 Piquette Ave, Detroit, MI, and is approximately 2 miles from the Chicago Fed's Detroit Branch.
George Magliano, Senior Principal Auto Economist – Americas, IHS Automotive
8:30 AM
Conference Registration
Continental breakfast will be available.
9:00 AM
Welcome and Consensus Outlook
William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
9:30 AM
Vehicle Sales Outlook
Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist, General Motors
10:15 AM
10:30 AM
Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Industry Outlook
Kenny Vieth, Partner, Americas Commercial Transportation Research Company
11:15 AM
The Dealers’ Perspective Outlook
Paul Taylor, Chief Economist, National Automobile Dealers Association
12:00 PM
1:15 PM
An Analysis of the 2011 UAW-Detroit Three Contracts, and a Look Ahead to 2015 Talks
Kristin Dziczek, Director, Program for Automotive Labor and Education, Center for Automotive Research (CAR)
2:15 PM
The Suppliers’ Outlook
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: 05/29/2012

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Hotel Information

Atheneum Hotel
1000 Brush Ave
Detroit ,  MI   48226

Rate: $129, per night

Cut-off Date: Friday, May 18, 2012


Rooms at the Atheneum Hotel are available for conference attendees at a rate of $129.00 per night, with an arrival of May 31 and departure on June 1.


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.

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Background Materials

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

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