Megatrends beyond the obvious

The perfect storm: megatrends beyond the obvious as breakwaters for the automotive industry

The automotive industry is heading into a restructuring phase in which it becomes steadily more important to build on the core competencies and expertise developed over the last decades, while at the same time defining the role in the new ecosystem to secure future revenue streams.

59% of respondents rank connectivity & digitalization as the most important automotive key trend up to 2030.

67% of execs believe that less than 5% of cars will be produced in Western Europe by 2030.

3 out of 4 execs believe indigenous raw materials to be the actual driver for a country’s preferred powertrain technology.

60% of executives agree that in future we will no longer differentiate between the transportation of humans and goods.

Electric readiness

Electric mobility is still far away from being hassle-free and seamless

Electric mobility remains a key trend on the executive agenda, yet the challenges for a successful roll-out must still be overcome. Providing a hassle-free and seamless charging experience for BEVs is essential and traditional automotive companies should learn from the experience of other industries to provide a good customer experience.

Customer value

Reinventing, reimagining and eventually rebuilding and reorganizing existing retail structures can only succeed at the core of the customer

Customer value puts the spotlight on the customer, meaning that understanding who the customer is must be a priority, whereby the emphasis will now be increasingly placed on differentiating between different customer archetypes. These different customer archetypes all have individual needs, preferences and requests at individual touchpoints based on their environment. This makes it necessary to manage numerous customer journeys in parallel, each requiring customized and highly individual attention.

Almost half of all surveyed executives (48%) are highly confident that the number of physical retail outlets, as we know them today, will be reduced by 30-50%.

49% of executives and 42% of consumers believe OEMs to be the big winners in the battle for the direct customer relationship.

Execs and consumers agree that the greatest potential for function-on-demand features lies in navigation systems (27%), adaptive cruise control (22%) and power upgrade (16%).

Ecosystem value

Unlocking ecosystem value by defining your company’s role and readiness to react to silent revolutions

The goal is not to do everything at once, but rather to wisely define who you want to be and choose when to compete or cooperate with other ecosystem players. The industry is thereby differentiated by 3 types of players: (1) hardware-oriented players who are flexible, cost-efficient and function simply, (2) those who aim to create a product, which does act as seamlessly as possible by combining hardware and software (not only focusing on vehicles) and eventually (3) those creating a comprehensive product that can be seamlessly integrated into a customer’s daily life.

In 2018, market capitalization of the top 15 mobile tech and web digital companies is almost 5 times as high as that of top 50 traditional auto companies (OEMs & suppliers).

Every third executive states that product-centric upstream data belongs to the OEM – consumers still hope to own it themselves.

81% of surveyed execs show confidence that financial service entities will gain importance as debt levels rise due to mobility service offers & fleet management instead of mere unit sales.