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2019 Automotive Insights Conference

U.S. light vehicle sales will likely exceed 17.0 million for the fourth year in a row. However during 2018 there has been a lot of uncertainty added to the industry. Tariffs on steel and aluminum, renegotiation of NAFTA, and restructuring announcements at Ford and General Motors are significant developments that will impact daily operations starting in 2019. Layered on top of these disruptions are plans for the implementation of electric and self-driving vehicles that will alter the definition of personal mobility. These issues and more will be discussed at the 2019 Automotive Insight Conference.

Thursday, 01/10/19
8:30 AM
Registration and Networking
9:00 AM
Welcoming Remarks
Sandy Baruah, President and Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Regional Chamber View Bio
9:10 AM
Opening Remarks and Economic Update
Paul Traub, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago View Bio
9:30 AM
Changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement
Kristin Dziczek will discuss changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement under the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement as they pertain to the integration of motor vehicle and vehicle parts production in North American and the potential impact the new agreement will have on vehicle and parts production in North America.
Kristin Dziczek, Vice President, Industry, Labor, and Economics, Center for Automotive Research View Bio
10:20 AM
10:30 AM
Wards Intelligence Vehicle Sales and Production Outlook
The U.S. production and sales outlook will draw on Wards Intelligence’s unique industry perspective and experience to provide insights on the direction the automotive industry is heading.
Erin Sunde, Industry Analyst-Fuel Economy, Wards Intelligence View Bio
12:00 PM
12:40 PM
Disruptors to the Automotive Industry - Panel Discussion
These days, Ford Motor Co. calls itself a "mobility company," rather than an automotive manufacturer, something that might make sense considering it just spent $200 million to buy electric scooter company Spin. Across town, General Motors is spending billions on developing autonomous vehicles while launching sharing service Maven, as well as a new, as yet-unnamed electric bike company. At the same time, Fiat Chrysler is taking another tact providing the vehicle hardware to Google spin-off Waymo to put autonomous Pacificas on the road. The world of transportation is going through massive changes, with plenty of new mobility options, as well as an assortment of new vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. This transportation reflects the revitalization of urban living, where traditional vehicle ownership isn't always a plus, but even in suburban and rural communities, things are rapidly changing. Our panel of experts will explore this new world of mobility, everything from the rise of autonomous and electrified vehicles to the challenges of creating a "smart" and connected vehicle infrastructure at a time when federal highway funds are already stretched to the limits.
David Andrea, Automotive Consultant, Center for Automotive Research View Bio
Industry Expert
Paul A. Eisenstein, Publisher and Writer, The Detroit Bureau View Bio
Supplier Representative
Scott E. Paradise, V.P., Marketing and Business Development for the Americas, Magna International
Energy Researcher
John M. DeCicco, Research Professor, University of Michigan Energy Institute View Bio
2:00 PM
Summary and Closing Remarks
Paul  Traub, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Martin Lavelle, Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago View Bio
2:30 PM
Event Information
Event Contact
Katherine Nelson
(313) 964 6170
Registration Deadline
Friday, January 4, 2019

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