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Auto Insights Conference

December 21, 2016

Co-Sponsors Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch, DABE and WardsAuto

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.

As always, a new year brings with it many uncertainties and questions for the automotive industry. Have light vehicle sales already peaked or will they continue to rise? What does the sales outlook mean for North American production volumes in the short and long run, respectively? Moreover, how might possible changes to CAFE regulation impact engine technology? Will possible changes in trade regulations be a positive or a negative for the OEMs and their suppliers? 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) together with WardsAuto will host a half-day conference on these important issues and much more.

The conference will be held Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The program will begin with registration at 8:30 AM and conclude at 2:00 PM with an optional tour of the Detroit Branch Cash Visitors Center. The cost will be $30 for members and guests and will include a continental breakfast during registration and lunch at noon. A complete conference agenda is included on the conference registration page.

I believe this conference will be a worthwhile addition to this season’s DABE program offerings that I am sure you will enjoy. I hope you will plan to attend and bring a friend. As always, I want to thank you all for your continued support of the DABE and the D.A.B.E. Board wants to wish you a very Happy Holiday Season. I look forward to seeing you on January 12, 2017.

The views expressed in this post are our own and do not reflect those of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago or the Federal Reserve System.

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