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Outlook Q3 2021: Wards Intelligence Barometer

Haig Stoddard, Principal Forecaster, Forecast & Analytics, Wards Intelligence presents the September 2021 North America Barometer will review the current sales and production outlooks for the rest of 2021 and Q1-2022, as well as summarize the impact on sales and production still being caused by ongoing supply chain disruptions, spurred mostly by the global shortage of microchips. The presentation also will dwell deeper into answering questions related to the timing of when the industry can get production and inventory in sync with strong demand; what is driving rising sales and how long growth can last; and how well each major manufacturer is handling the supply-chain disruptions.

Market Analysis

Outlook Q3 2021: The March Toward an All-Electric World

Tom Murphy, Managing Editor, WardsAuto presents: What’s the state of the art in electrification? And what’s making these electrified powertrains more competitive with internal-combustion engines? What’s next for ICEs as automakers look to raise the bar on performance and efficiency and extend the life of more conventional powertrains? We’ll discuss what we’ve learned from this year’s Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems testing and where we think powertrain technology is headed in the years to come.


Outlook Q3 2021: The Tide of Electrification is Rising

Kevin Riddell, Senior Manager, Powertrain Forecasting, LMC Automotive presents a look at how quickly powertrains will be changing in key regions, as automakers spend billions in the transition to an electric future. What will be the main regulatory drivers, technology advancements and OEM strategies as electrified vehicles replace traditional ICE-powered cars? Will policy changes place the U.S. in a global leadership position on climate change?

Market Analysis Electrification

Supply-Chain Disruptions Continue Clobbering Short-Term North America Production Outlook

The revised North America production outlook for entire-2021 is roughly 2 million units below expectations for the period at the beginning of the year.

Market Analysis Markets

Opsys Lidar Shows Off Range, Clarity in Demonstration Drive

The VCSEL-based sensors pick out some tough-to-see objects at some fairly long distances, including a black car more than 150 m away.

Autonomous Vehicles ADAS

Robotaxis Taking to Streets as Self-Driving Technology Accelerates

Billions of dollars of investment and development are paying off as major robotaxi companies plan to launch commercial ride-hailing services over the next three years.

Autonomy Autonomous Vehicles

Dura, New to Battery Trays, Sees $3 Billion Market

Global automotive supplier and aluminum architectures specialist Dura is dipping its toes into BEVs by helping to design and assemble battery trays for some Mercedes EQ models, but it doesn’t plan to stop there.

Electrification Subsystems

Induction Motors Gaining Traction at GM, BMW

The move to eliminate expensive, rare-earth magnets from automotive traction motors is driving a wave of innovation in induction-motor technology.

Drivetrains Propulsion

U.S. Big Trucks Rise 3.9% in August

Class 4 soared 21.2%, and big truck sales year-to-date outpaced 2020 by 22.3%.

Market Analysis

Canada Big Truck Sales Up 0.5% in August

Year-to-date sales outpaced 2020 by 17.4%; Hino’s production losses took a toll on Class 6.

Market Analysis

North America Platform by Plant Production Forecast - 2021-2023

North America light vehicle production forecast by vehicle type and country; by manufacturer, vehicle type, and country; by manufacturer, country, and plant; and by manufacturer, platform, and plant by month for 2021-2023. Includes list of models with their associated platform.

Market Analysis Production Forecast

Mexico Light-Vehicle Sales Rise 5.8% in August

Car sales in Mexico fell 4.8% in August, while light-truck sales experienced a 19.6% jump.

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