How automakers can take control of their software development–with lessons for others | February 2017

February 2017

Automotive OEMs are at the forefront of a disruptive change triggered by increasing software complexity. We have identified key levers they can move to successfully face off that challenge.


Used cars: the canary in the coal mine for auto? | December 2016

December 2016

The US automotive industry has been enjoying some of its best years ever, with 17.5 million new vehicles sold last year, which approached the previous peak of 17.8 million in 2000. However, we expect 2016 sales to be in line with 2015 sales, making this the first flat year for new vehicles since the Great Recession, even as used-vehicle sales year to date are up 5%, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association.


A Watershed Moment for the Automotive Industry | INSIGHT: Automotive

August 2016

In the next 15 years, electric and hybrid cars will capture more than half of the market. Connected and autonomous driving will open up new earnings potential. Digitization will enable double-digit cost reductions.


As Low Gas Prices Undercut CAFE Investments, OEMs and Suppliers Must Rethink Their Approaches | VIEWPOINT: Auto

December 2015

After years of designing vehicles for fuel efficiency, automakers face a double bind as oil prices plunge. Now that gas is cheap, car buyers want bigger, less fuel-efficient vehicles, but manufacturers must still keep federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) targets in mind as they release new models. These vehicles cost more to build, but customers aren’t interested in paying the premium for new gas-saving technologies they feel they don’t need. This Viewpoint examines how OEMs and suppliers might address the balance between regulatory standards and customers who don’t want added costs.


Connected Cars – The Next Big Security Risk? | VIEWPOINT: Auto

November 2015

Connected vehicles are big business, with revenue streams predicted to grow to €40bn by 2018, according to a recent AlixPartners study. In addition to newer embedded systems, the market for inexpensive plug-in devices that supply internet connectivity for older vehicles is rapidly growing.


A Complex Road Map to the Car of the Future | Automotive Viewpoint

September 2015

During the next five years, global automotive companies will have to invest billions of dollars in addition to their normal product development budgets in order to create the car of the future. Those investments must be made across four strongly interconnected areas: Connectivity, Autonomous or assisted driving, Sharing/Mobility, and Electrification, or C.A.S.E.


Capturing Raw Materials Deflation Savings | VIEWPOINT | Automotive

April 2015

Globally, the recent—and historic—raw material deflation has generated an incredible profit improvement opportunity. In North America alone since September 2014, the price of every major raw material used in automobiles has fallen significantly. And that deflation has accelerated in recent months for most materials.


Partnering at the Dashboard | INSIGHT: Automotive

November 2014

The growth in connected-vehicle technology has led to a number of different partnership models between automotive OEMs, traditional automotive suppliers, and technology providers to develop and deploy these systems. The landscape of connected–vehicle partnerships is still evolving, and each type of partner faces challenges in determining how best to advance in this growing market. OEMs and their supplier partners must carefully consider strategic questions ranging from the selection of partners and structure of the relationship to the implications on long-term support and life-cycle adaptations in order to truly differentiate themselves in the highly competitive connected-vehicle market of the future. 


Driving Results: Insights from the AlixPartners Auto Team | Is China Still the LCC Default Option?

May 2012

Interestingly, the cost advantage Mexico has quietly enjoyed over China for many years could also grow substantially, resulting in a shift from China to Mexico as the U.S.'s "default" low-cost country option. What does this trend mean for the auto industry as it seeks the best manufacturing locations for optimizing costs?


Full Speed Ahead | AlixPartners 2011 China Automotive Outlook

June 2011

Even though light-vehicle sales in China slowed as purchase incentives ended in 2010, the industry outlook is far from gloomy. China’s population, particularly in urban areas, is getting wealthier and by 2016 the number of households with enough annual income to buy a car is set to double, according to the AlixPartners 2011 China Automotive Outlook.

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