Q3: September 6, 2018
Q4: December 13, 2018
The Townsend Hotel – Birmingham, MI


Interactive sessions with Wards Intelligence analysts and WardsAuto editors; insights and analysis covering topics that matter to the future of your business, trend analysis of OEM strategies, new technologies, market outlooks and more. Extended Q&A Session lets you pick our industry experts’ brains on issue important to your company. LEARN MORE

October 2, 2018
Suburban Collection Showplace – Novi, MI


A day-long conference laser-focused on the unique technologies and consumer demands related to automotive user experience. With multiple panel discussions, OEM keynote speakers, sponsor exhibits and a ceremony for the WardsAuto 10 Best User Experience awards, the event is a must-attend for any automaker, supplier or technology provider whose roles touch this growing and increasingly vital part of vehicle design and production. LEARN MORE

October 25, 2018
Dogpatch Studios – San Francisco, CA


Wards Intelligence is joining forces with west-coast think tank C3 Group to hold the 2018 Smart Mobility Summit in San Francisco, a gathering of top thought leaders from inside and outside the auto industry. We will explore cutting-edge transportation solutions: the immense opportunities and significant challenges that smart mobility poses.  LEARN MORE

November 12, 2018
The Townsend Hotel – Birmingham, MI


Artificial Intelligence will be the single largest force reshaping the auto industry in the years to come. The Wards Intelligence Focus Conference Series is devoted to A.I. in Automotive, featuring presentations from Wards Intelligence analysts, technology providers and industry observers with unique perspectives on how A.I. will transform the industry. LEARN MORE

January 16, 2019
Detroit Marriott – Detroit, MI


Known as the Oscars for automotive engines, this awards program gathers top powertrain executives from around the world to celebrate the annual Wards 10 Best Engines, as selected by WardsAuto editors. Held at the Marriott in Detroit’s Renaissance Center, also home of General Motors’ world headquarters. The event is invitation-only, with seating available to winning automakers and suppliers who sponsor the program.

May 9, 2019
Suburban Collection Showplace – Novi, MI


North America’s most unparalleled conference dedicated to automotive interiors returns in 2019. High-level attendees are drawn by keynote addresses and panel discussions featuring top talent from OEMs and key suppliers. Plus, design team leaders are called to the stage to accept Wards 10 Best Interiors Awards, which honor the best designs for the new year. LEARN MORE


All-New Metrics for New Car Success

There is an alarming trend in new car departments across the industry. Net profit per car has been in a freefall for 5+ years, and the average dealer is now losing over $400 per new car sold. New car sales volumes are declining and grosses are marginal on most models. At the same time rent, inventory holding costs, and advertising expenses are on the rise. The age old approach of “Just sell more” is no longer a viable recipe for success in today’s environment. Dealers will need to adapt to these new realities by improving their operational efficiency.

Winning the Digital Deal

Are you ready to sell cars online? New digital retailing technologies are making it possible, with profound implications on your sales and CSI scores. But there’s a lot more to digital retailing than just software. In this session, Andy Macleay will discuss the consumer trends shaping the emergence of Digital Retailing, and get beyond the hype to share a proven framework for successfully making profitable online deals.

Content Rules

Tired of being told “content is king”, or that “your dealership needs a content strategy”
without any follow-up context or tangible examples? In this session, David Pye shares proven and emerging best practices for content with focus on all of a dealerships’s revenue streams.


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