U.S. Automotive Industry Survey

2013 U.S. Automotive industry survey

This is a great time for the U.S. automotive industry. That is the clear consensus from the more than 200 automotive executives from 75+ automotive vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, and dealers surveyed during July and August as part of the Booz & Company and Bloomberg LP U.S. Automotive Industry Survey and Confidence Index – an annual study examining the current state of the U.S. automotive industry, the key challenges facing it, the attitudes of its executives, and what companies are doing in response.

With new car sales reaching an annualized rate of 16.1 million vehicles, a flurry of great new product launches, and executives maintaining a disciplined approach to financial and operational management, automotive companies are generating record profitability from their U.S. operations. But even with these healthy sales, most U.S. OEMS and suppliers are taking a cautiously optimistic view about the future. While there is confidence in the state of the industry, growth in new vehicle sales is forecasted to slow. Flattening demand signals a coming fight for market share as companies will need to take sales from competitors in order to continue growing. The key question then on everyone’s mind is, where do we go from here?

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Additional insights

Infographic: 2013 U.S. Automotive industry survey
This graphic shares data from the 2013 U.S. Automotive Industry Survey and Confidence Index, including auto executive confidence in the industry, the growth outlook for vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, and predictions for industry competitiveness in the future.view more >
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2013 U.S. Automotive industry survey videos
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Key publications

The Next Autonomous Car Is a Truck
The obstacles to adoption are significant, but driverless technology now in development could transform long-haul trucking.read more on strategy+business >
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Automotive Industry Perspectives for 2013
Innovation is more critical in the automotive industry today than ever before—and it is changing the balance between automakers and their suppliers. read more >
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Is the U.S. Auto Industry Ready for Economic Recovery?
A new survey of U.S.-based automotive executives shows they are optimistic about their own companies — but pessimistic about the auto industry’s prospects at large. read more on strategy+business >
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2012 U.S. Automotive Industry Survey and Confidence Index
Among more than 200 executives across 75 vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, and dealer groups who responded to Booz & Company’s annual U.S. Automotive Industry Survey and Confidence Index conducted in February and March, 90 percent view the industry as stronger than a year ago.download (2.9mb, PDF) >
Optimism Returns to the American Automotive Industry
Automobiles are selling again, and executives are confident. The U.S. auto industry is positioned for a global economic recovery — if car manufacturers can avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.read more on strategy+business >
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Media resources

Media report: 2013 Booz & Company / Bloomberg U.S. Automotive Industry Survey and Confidence Index
Key media insights from a survey of more than 200 executives from 75+ automobile manufacturers, suppliers, and dealers. Surging sales and record profitability have lifted confidence to new highs, but it is clear that the tailwinds of recent years are starting to ebb, setting the stage for future competitive battles.read more >
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Global press release
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2013 Booz & Company/Bloomberg U.S. Automotive Industry Survey and Confidence Index


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