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March 2, 2017

Automotive Middle Market – What’s the Play?

The following post was written by Managing Director John Pencak. Currently, we are in the seventh year of the latest automotive cycle that appears to be long in the tooth. Middle market automotive suppliers have performed well in recent years and have reaped the benefits of record North American production volumes. Now, for the first […]

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April 8, 2015

What a Difference Six Years Makes: From Chapter 11 to Record Sales, the Domestic Auto Industry Continues its Resurgence

Nearly six years ago, the dominoes began to fall in the U.S. automotive industry. With U.S. market share down from 70% in 1998 to 53% in 2008, the domestic auto industry was struggling. To survive, General Motors and Chrysler secured government support, while Ford secured a line of credit through the private markets. With the […]

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February 24, 2015

Does Apple Really Want to Build an iCar? And If It Does…Should It?

If you took a break from technology media over the weekend, you may have missed news that Apple is moving into the automotive space, though reports on what that means varied widely across editorial sources. While the buzz mill began with a Wall Street Journal article reporting that Apple “has several hundred employees working secretly […]

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January 15, 2015

Soaring Sales, Falling Fuel Prices and Very Cool Vehicles Dominate NAIAS 2015 Dialogue

The North American International Auto Show is back and it’s proving yet again to be a microcosm of the marketplace. Media preview week has set the stage for bold sales predictions indicative of broader economic recovery, debate about the relevance of fuel-efficient vehicles in the face of plummeting fuel prices, and palpable enthusiasm and optimism […]

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January 6, 2015

The Automotive “B” Word, and How to Avoid It

Buggy whips, the tools used to prod buggy horses, were functional – even innovative – in the 19th century, but it’s the last thing an automotive or technology business wants to be associated with today. “Buggy whip” has come to represent not the tool used for keeping horses moving (later becoming irrelevant as motorized automobiles […]

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