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Last Updated: 1/8/2018

Automotive Insights Conference

Automakers and suppliers have long faced the need to adapt to ever-changing global competition, customer preferences and industry regulation. Up to now, automakers have been resilient in their ability to adapt, controlling costs while at the same time adhering to customer-driven performance requirements. Have light vehicle sales already peaked or can they continue to rise? What does the sales outlook mean for North American production volumes in short and the long run? And how might possible changes to CAFE regulation impact engine technology going forward? In an effort to get insights into these questions and much more, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit Branch and Detroit Association of Business Economists (DABE) and WardsAuto will host a conference on Auto Insights on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, 01/18/18
8:30 AM
Registration and Networking
9:00 AM
Opening Remarks and Economic Update
Paul Traub, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch
9:15 AM
WardsAuto Vehicle Sales and Production Outlook
The production forecast draws on WardsAuto's unique industry perspective and experience to provide insights into automotive manufacturers' production plans.
Haig Stoddard, Industry Analyst, WardsAuto
10:00 AM
10:15 AM
The North American Free Trade Agreement
Klier will discuss the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement as it pertains to the integration of motor vehicle and vehicle parts production in North American, with a particular focus on Mexico.
Thomas Klier, Senior Economist and Research Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
11:15 AM
WardsAuto Powertrain Outlook
The WardsAuto Powertrain Production multi-year forecast of engine transmission and electric motor technologies, respectively, will be presented.
Erin Sunde, Industry Analyst, Information Content
12:00 PM
12:30 PM
The Future of Personal Mobility
Automation is impacting every aspect of our daily lives and personal mobility is no exception. As automaker and suppliers make plans for the future, it is imperative they understand the role autonomous vehicles play in the future of the transportation industry. Stevens will discuss this region's role in shaping personal mobility of the future and Michigan's role in bringing autonomous technology to the market place.
Glenn Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto, Detroit Regional Chamber
1:30 PM
Summary and Closing Remarks
Paul Traub, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - Detroit Branch
Martin Lavelle, Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - Detroit Branch
2:00 PM
Adjourn or Optional Tour of the Detroit Branch Cash Visitors Center
Event Information
Event Contact
Ella Dukes

Registration Deadline
Friday, January 12, 2018
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit Branch
1600 E Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 47207
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