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Japanese automaker Toyota, the creator of the first hybrid vehicle, has now developed an eco-friendly vehicle that is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and will be brought to market in the near future. And in 2016, Nissan plans to launch a new model car that can self park, steer through congested highways, and even evaluate road hazards.With spending of almost 40 million USD in research and developm ... Read More
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In the U.S., auto suppliers are typically situated in small towns, not in metropolitan areas. Besides the relatively low costs, historically, another main reason has been the availability of manufacturing labor. However, this situation is about to change. Developments and advances in the manufacturing process call for more skilled labor in the plants—skilled labor that is hard to find locally.The ... Read More
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According to Entrepreneur, the Russian ruble devaluated by 42 percent over the course of 2014, making it the second-worst performing currency of the year after Bitcoin. Moreover, in 2015, falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Russia’s involvement in Ukraine continue to drive the currency to new lows.This is an unfortunate development for automakers, many of whom invested heavily in Russia ... Read More
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According to SAP News Center, almost half of all workers are concerned that their skills will become obsolete within the next five years. And given the high rate of technological advancement, this concern is a valid one. However, it is not only workers who should be worried. Employers who are paying top dollar to attract today’s top talent might actually be investing in employees whose knowledge c ... Read More
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In December 2014, Business Insider reported that tech giant Google had finalized its first prototype of its self-driving car and was ready to road test it in anticipation of seeing the first cars on the roads of Northern California in early 2015. Interestingly, the company intends to ultimately remove the option of manual operation because the vehicle is designed to rely solely on Google’s softwar ... Read More
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Emerging markets are some of the most promising opportunities available to automakers today. Not only do they offer significant potential as consumer markets; they are also favorable in terms of low cost production locations.However, these young markets come with their own set of problems. Some are politically unstable; others come with hard-to-navigate bureaucratic infrastructures; and most have ... Read More
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Do you know how your company appears to potential hires? Do your workers go above and beyond the call of duty? Do you know if your workers feel valued?In today’s competitive marketplace, it’s crucial to have an effective talent management strategy that puts future and current employees’ expectations front and central. Let’s face it: with numerous opportunities for talent in other cutting-edge indu ... Read More
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For the past few years, the automotive industry has been recovering, and growth, though not always at a consistent pace, has been continuous. New technologies and environmental requirements are placing new demands on the industry, leading to the need for talent that’s equipped to work within these changing circumstances.  At the same time, automakers are faced with a slow but steady shift of the i ... Read More
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In the MiBiz article End of the Road? Auto Suppliers start to make tough decisions in preparation for industry plateau, managing director of HIS Automotive Michael Robinet predicts that to remain competitive in the future, auto suppliers will need to proactively determine what technologies match their strengths and subsequently pinpoint which clients need those technologies.This statement is illus ... Read More
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The automotive industry in APAC shows some polar opposites. According to the Australian Automotive Dealer Association, overall sales are down due to low consumer confidence. This fact is illustrated by the fact that Ford recently slashed 33 percent of its manufacturing plant jobs in Australia ahead of ceasing operations altogether in the country. Holden and Toyota are following suit; they are clos ... Read More
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One of the most interesting insights from the 2014 Kelly Global Workforce Index™ is that the majority of automotive talent considers work-life balance a key factor when deciding between two jobs.In fact, work-life balance is more important to today’s automotive talent than ever before. In 2012 and 2013, slightly more than a third of automotive talent took it into account when choosing between two ... Read More
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A century ago, Henry Ford built the first moving assembly line to mass-produce his Model T Ford.Fast-forward a hundred years. The automotive industry continues to improve and optimize the production process by means of increased automation.After the economic recession of 2008, many automakers sought to cut costs, increase safety, and enhance efficiency while maintaining their output levels. Modern ... Read More
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The automotive industry has always been at the forefront of innovation. Over the course of almost 130 years, it has brought the world many inventions, from the gasoline internal combustion engine, moving assembly line, and automatic transmission to the air bag, hybrid vehicle, and soon-to-be realized vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology.Today, the automotive industry maintains its strong position o ... Read More
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Despite political turmoil and economic hardships in many parts of the EMEA region, opportunities for the automotive industry remain, and automakers keep expanding their operations. As can be expected, most of these expansions are in relatively low-cost regions where experts predict market growth. Let’s take a look at some of the most recent developments.Hungary depends on the automotive indus ... Read More
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According to SearchAutoParts.com, over the past decade, the number of people who own vehicles in Southeast Asia has doubled, in concurrence with an economic output that’s risen by almost 300 percent. Additionally, a recent report by Nielsen predicts that the aspirational middle class in Southeast Asia will be a catalyst for increased demand over the next two years. In fact, the demand is expected ... Read More
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The United States, Brazil, Mexico, and Canada: four of the world’s top 10 auto production markets are located in the Americas. Together, these countries form a formidable block of auto industry power. And recent developments show that in all four nations, as well as other countries in the Americas, the automotive industry is expanding even further.United States: According to the Bureau of Lab ... Read More
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Meet the Cimbrer, a 187-lbs car built out of parts that were, for the most part, manufactured using a 3D printer and can be assembled in the space of two hours to create a fully functional, environmentally friendly vehicle. Or how about the Strati, a sleek two-seater that takes less than 40 hours to print—with the body being printed in one piece—and under four days to assemble. Or last, but certai ... Read More
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The automotive industry is one of the most innovative in the world. Employment in the sector is rising steadily. Globally, many automakers are expanding operations. And compared to other industries, salaries are competitive.So why are automakers still struggling to attract top STEM talent to join their ranks? Why are automakers around the world reporting skills shortages, especially when it comes ... Read More
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How many high school students dream of driving a Porsche?Now how many do you think would settle for working on one instead?Though neither possibility should be beyond anyone’s reach, the second is actually quite feasible. Because Porsche is one of the many automakers that actively sponsors vocational training for automotive technicians who dream of working on what is viewed by many as one of the m ... Read More
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Every year, global management consulting firm The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) publishes a list of the top 50 most innovative countries. In 2012, none of the top 10 names on the list belonged to automakers. But in 2013, Toyota, Ford, and BMW had made it to numbers five, eight and nine respectively.Today’s automotive industry is one of the most innovative in the world. According to EY’s 2014 Innov ... Read More
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Almost a quarter of a million.That’s how many jobs the U.S. automotive industry added between August 2009, when employment in the sector bottomed out at 622,700 workers, and August 2014, when according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people employed in the industry totaled 871,900.The numbers don’t lie: U.S. automakers have made a stunning comeback. And today, there isn’t a single ... Read More
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With a shortage of qualified and skilled workers, companies in the automotive industry are doing their best to retain older employees while recruiting new talent. But just like in many industries that rely heavily on STEM workers, the auto industry is already experiencing a shortage of talent that’s expected to become critical in the next 10 to 15 years.The reasons are the usual suspects: an aging ... Read More
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During the 2008 economic crisis and the subsequent pummeling of the automotive industry, a large number of engineering talent moved to other industries that were more stable, lucrative and all-round attractive.But it’s a new dawn, and the sun is shining on automakers. Despite the ubiquitous Internet, people still want and need to travel—and they’re looking for cleaner, safer and more connected veh ... Read More
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Customer service is an integral part of the automotive industry. Modern consumers expect a direct line to a knowledgeable manufacturer representative who can answer anything from pre-purchase inquiries about trim levels to post-purchase questions about maintenance. And with manufacturers creating “connected” cars and even offering live, in-car support to customers when they’re on the road, maintai ... Read More

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