Cost pressures, new competitors from other industries, new materials and technologies, and demographic trends are coming together to increase pressure on automotive manufacturers and their suppliers.
The current fleet of hybrid propulsion vehicles are already being superseded by all-electric models, with newer designs making increased use of aluminum, plus new materials like ultra-high-tensile steel and carbon fiber composite, to provide the light weight and stronger structure needed for the next generation of vehicles (electric or otherwise). Looking ahead, today's smarter, more connected cars will soon become fully digitized, with commercial scale, fully autonomous vehicles somewhere on the horizon.
Millennial purchasers will drive the future automotive market and the trend appears to moving away from individual car ownership. Additionally, demographic trends indicate that large urban centers will become denser, where transportation needs will be based on upgraded urban transit systems and electric cars.
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