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What are the risks and opportunities in the automotive industry?   What are the emerging risks for automakers?   What are the existing risks that are changing?   How do business leaders manage these risks more productively and profitably?

The global automotive industry is on the edge of a cliff.   Driverless technology and technology companies  are moving from valuable partners to potential survival threats.   The ways things have been done for decades is about to change unrecognisably.   Users like Uber are going to change demand for manufactured vehicles, as is the impending jump in oil prices brought about by the economic recovery and falling investment in oil production.

Oil producers have slashed their exploration budgets and this will feed into much higher oil prices in the near future.   Higher oil prices will change the demand for automotive products and vehicles.

How can carmakers reduce the threats from their suppliers and more successfully collaborate with suppliers for mutual benefit?

The automotive industry has such a large net positive impact on the global society via employment and income generation.   How should government’s support the automotive industry better for societal benefits?

How is the traditional vehicle maker threatened by technology and how can they embrace the benefits of new technological developments?   The world is entering a new auto industry period that creates existential threats and totally new income stream opportunities for not auto makers but tech companies.   This is not futuristic.   It is right on our doorstep right now!

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6th June 2018 Product Recall Announcement For Audi A6 and A7 Models

German motor authority KBA has ordered a recall of Audi A6 and A7 models with 3.0 litre Euro 6 diesel engines after finding illegal emissions software in them according to Germanys Transport Ministry.

Around 60,000 vehicles worldwide are affected by the product recall announcement.

24th April 2018 – Volkswagen Group Profit On Course In 2018

We had a very positive start into 2018 group Chief Executive Herbert Diess said at the Beijing auto show. Positive profit growth is expected in all automotive marketplaces.

Volkswagen group wide deliveries expanded 7.4 percent in the first quarter to 2.7 million vehicles

Volkswagen spending 10 billion euros on developing electric cars.

28th March 2018 – Daimler and BMW Team-Up

Daimler and BMW joined forces to cooperate on developing new services including car sharing and ride hailing services.   Each company has a 50 percent stake in the projects.

28th March 2018 – Jaguar and Google Driverless Car Project

Jaguar car manufacturer and Google’s autonomous tech company Waymo have agreed to pool resources to develop 20000 driverless I-Pace SUVs in a new car-hailing service project.

In future, instead of asking Uber to send you a taxi you ask Google to pick you up and take you to your chosen destination in a Jaguar I-Pace without a driver.

Google has been developing an autonomous system that can be fitted to luxury cars as part of Google’s plan to offer a premium electric self driving vehicle car hailing service called Google Self Driving Car Project.

6th March 2018 – Car Tariffs By USA Would Result In USA Job Losses According To BMW

BMW’s CEO is reported as saying that if the USA imposed tariffs on car imports in the United States, it would reduce job opportunities in the USA marketplace.   BMW has a car plant in South Carolina.

President Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on car imports to USA if the European Union EU retaliates against Trump’s threat of imposing tariffs on aluminium and steel.

15th February 2018 – Volkswagen VW and Apple Partnership

Volkswagen is seeking to work with Apple to style its new generation of electric cars.

31st January 2018 – UK Car Production Falls In 2017 But Should Hold Steady In 2018

2017 car production fell 10% according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders SMMT.   1.67 million cars were produced in the UK last year.

2017 was still the second highest car production in UK since the year 2000.

80 percent of all cars produced in UK are exported.   Over half of cars produced go to European market.

£1.1 billion was invested in the car industry in 2017, down from £1.6 billion in 2016.

The SMMT is forecasting car production will be roughly the same in 2018 as it was in 2017.

18th January 2018 – Peugeot SA on Alliance In Latin America

Peugeot SA is “very open” to a potential alliance in Latin America according to its CEO, Carlos Tavares.

9th January 2018 – Ford Partnering Plans With Software and Technology Firms 

Ford plans to partner with logistics company Postmates for autonomous delivery services.   The companies will conduct pilot services throughout 2018 to evaluate the utility of self-driving technology.

Ford will also work with transportation software company Autonomic to build a cloud-based platform for base processes, such payment methods or identity verification.   Ford made an investment in Autonomic last year.

Ford will expand its self-driving technology development with a growing fleet of Argo AI test vehicles in a new city, which will be the first where Ford plans to deploy an autonomous vehicle business. It did not name the city.

The company also announced a partnership with navigation software maker Waze, which will allow users to access the real time traffic and navigation services projected onto the Ford’s SYNC 3 touch screen and by voice commands

8th January 2018 – New Working Future – Old Meets New

Automotive partnerships between carmakers and digital firms continue with Volkswagen and Nvidia.   Nvidia is providing artificial intelligence AI capabilities for Volkswagen’s future models.   Every new vehicle will have features like AI assistants for voice, gesture and facial recognition, as well as augmented reality.   Further product enhancements will include autonomous-driving capabilities.

8th January 2018 – Jaguar Land Rover Record Sales In 2017

Britain’s biggest car maker hit all time sales record in 2017 for sales around the world, helped by the low value of the pound.   China and USA markets were particularly strong.

For 2018, Jaguar Land Rover expects both domestic and international sales to increase.   In 2017 Jaguar Land Rover started work on its new £200 million design and engineering centre in Warwickshire.

JLR key risks in 2018 :

  1. Rapid currency fluctuations – find new markets or expand existing international markets further
  2. Diesels and environmental impact – diversity product range and expand international market
  3. Cyber Risk – adopt cyber risk management principles and practices

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5th January 2018 – Chinese Government’s Vision For AI In Cars

China’s government has set a target for incorporating artificial intelligence into cars.   The Chinese government wants AI in at least half of all new cars it produces by 2020.

To support this goal for the future, the Chinese government will provide 90 percent wireless network coverage across the China, or at least its biggest cities and major roads.   It will also cut corporate tax to encourage smart car innovation to become the producer of quality smart cars to the world.

21st December 2017 – UK Car Production Falls In November

UK car production in November, for UK domestic market, fell by 28 percent compared to same period last year according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders SMMT.   Exports rose by 1.3 percent.

However, in November 2016, the number of cars sold into the UK domestic market was particularly high in comparison to previous years.

16th October 2017 – Mercedes-Benz Recalls 400,000 Cars In UK For Airbag Fault

Reports have surfaced that airbags have been deploying prematurely.   The vehicles affected include A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, E-Class and CLA models built between November 2011 and July 2017.

Car owners have been advised that if the red airbag warning light comes on the dashboard to contact their car dealer immediately.   Under normal conditions the vehicles are safe to drive.

26th August 2017 – VW Emissions Scandal : Former VW Engineer Sentenced To 40 Months In Prison

VW made cars that were producing more pollution than USA clean air regulations allowed.   A VW engineer who was partly responsible for the deception has been put in jail by an American judge.   In addition, he was fined $200,000.   The 63 year old VW engineer plead guilty to charges against him that he mislead USA regulators.


How can the new and existing automotive industry risks be managed better?

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It won’t just be cars that change

Strategic and operational risks require different types of collaboration and cooperation.   The auto industry is being turned upside down.   What will shake out is not entirely clear.    What is certain is that nothing will be the same again for investors in the automotive industry, automakers, employees, suppliers or the consumer.

How automotive products and people are moved around locally and globally is about to make exponential gear shift away from traditional ways of moving from A to B.

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Pigs can’t fly but cars might!   Companies like Tesla and Uber are exploring new ways for moving people from A to B faster.   Flying cars might seem like a thing of fantasy, but leading industry minds are increasingly thinking about making SCI-FI reality.   For example Uber plans to design airborne taxis that will travel up to 100 miles, making the commute easier and even cheaper.   When could this start to become real?   In the next couple of years?

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