Bill Russo to Chair Automotive Panel Discussion at 19th CLSA Forum in Beijing

Beijing, China, May 12, 2014

Venue:  Grand Hyatt Hotel, Beijing
Time:  11:30am

Panel Discussion Overview:

China’s Automotive Market in Transition

Following a decade of rapid growth that culminated in a stimulus-driven surge in demand in 2009-2010, the China auto market sharply decelerated, with growth slipping to 2.5% in 2011 and 4.3% in 2012.  This brief slowdown was followed by 14% growth in 2013, with overall sales exceeding 22 million units.  While the market growth has been spectacular, there are rising concerns on the sustainability of this performance as the market may be approaching a saturation point in the traditionally strong coastal regions.  Intense competition among automakers as they pursue emerging growth opportunities in specific regions and segments is anticipated.  The aim of this session is to discuss opportunities and challenges faced by different competitors as they deal with this a transitional period in the world’s largest automotive market.

  • Opportunities and challenges in luxury and imported vehicles market
  • Opportunities and challenges in emerging provinces and cities, as well as in second and third tier cities
  • Sales and marketing strategies to exploit these opportunities
  • Strategies to diversify profit streams and maximize profit opportunities
  • Structural changes that may occur as the market transitions to a slower growth pattern

Mr. Uwe Stadtler, CEO of BMW Automotive Finance (China) Co., Ltd.
Mr. Manto Wong, CFO, Ford China
Dr. Joerg Mull, China EVP and CFO, Volkswagen China

Moderated by:
Mr. Bill Russo

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