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Discussing C.A.R. Hot Auto Topics With Alan Amici


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From Alan Amici
President and CEO
Center for Automotive Research

Auto industry Q3 Earnings made headlines this last week as many continue to watch for signs of potential weakening of consumer demand. We also saw significant developments in the global EV space as investments and international expansion persist. Lastly, we review interesting automotive innovations and new technologies.

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Hot Topics of 11/1/2022

Q3 Earnings

My thoughts:

Automakers continue to earn profits even as supply chain issues, likely to continue into 2023, constrain production. On the demand side, we're seeing the effects of a trifecta of elevated fuel prices, rising interest rates, and high vehicle prices damping demand. Will cooling demand bring sticker shock relief to potential new car buyers? There is a dearth of new products at the low end as OEMs allocate constrained parts to high-profit vehicles. Perhaps an OEM will seize the opportunity and offer more entry-level vehicles. Or, we may see the return of incentives.

Regarding autonomous vehicle development, a Ford and VW joint release sent shock waves across the industry by announcing the shuttering of Argo AI. This closure is another sobering indicator that AV levels 4/5 prove to be especially difficult to achieve. Look for Ford and VW to integrate the Argo engineers into their respective ADAS teams. 

 

Global EV Landscape

My thoughts:

EVs continue to gain traction in Europe as the Tesla Model Y is Europe's sales leader. Expect this to accelerate as the EU contemplates a ban on the sale of gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles beginning in 2035. Even hybrid stalwart Toyota is introducing an EV for the China market. While the US lags behind Europe and China in EV sales, expect sales to accelerate as the charging infrastructure is built out.
 

New Innovations and Technologies

My thoughts:

We're very early in the evolution of EV design, and there are many potential opportunities for technical innovation to reduce cost, improve performance, and increase efficiency. For example, Toyota's hybrid synergy drive is now in its 5th generation. Through design and manufacturing innovation and iteration, Toyota has developed a very cost-effective hybrid system, deploying the architecture across many vehicles globally. Likewise, EV innovation will not be limited to battery cell technology. We already see integrated drive/inverter units, and more innovation will come in EV chargers, contactors, circuit breakers, cooling systems, wiring, and other technologies. As a larger percentage of OEM's operating income will be derived from EVs, expect continued investment in incremental and radical innovation to make EVs more affordable, improve reliability, and more profitable.
 

Best Regards,

Alan Amici
President and CEO
Center for Automotive Research

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