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Automotive

 

Our consultants work with leading players of the automotive market around the globe.

In close cooperation with our clients, we solve a wide range of strategic issues and operational problems at every stage of the automotive industry value chain. Our teams develop strategies for new products and markets, adapt organizational structures, guide our clients through post-merger integration and help realize innovative cost-cutting concepts. We develop creative strategies and implement practical solutions, always aiming to exceed our clients' expectations.

Our teams consist of highly talented individuals, whose industry and consulting experience guarantees that we can generate tangible value for our clients. Numerous successful projects in the past decade have made us a leading player in the automotive consulting arena.

Further reading

E-mobility Index – 3rd Quarter 2014

Index from Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen, 2014

German OEMs have regained their leading position in e-mobility technology for electric and hybrid vehicles. The new models are what took them back to the top …  >>

 
Small commercial vehicle – India's little elephant

Study, 2014

In India, the Small Commercial Vehicle segment is the largest segment within the Commercial Vehicle industry. According to our recent study, it is expected to grow at 13% CAGR till 2020 …  >>

 
 Agricultural equipment markets in BRIC –  Opportunities and challenges for OEMs

Study, 2014

The agricultural equipment market is characterized by a small number of players, long product life cycles and relatively low production volumes. The BRIC markets have their own set of rules and success factors …  >>

 
Automotive market perspectives Brazil 2014-2018

Study, 2014

The automotive market in Brazil is suffering heavily from the weak macroeconomic environment and lack of consumer confidence …  >>

 

In recent years the importance of commercial vehicle aftersales as a downstream revenue pool has grown strongly, resulting in the need for excellence to unleash its full potential. …  >>

 
Improving the used car business in Europe

Study in cooperation with IESE, 2014

The used car business is driven mainly by third party companies. However, we expect that the franchised dealer channel will begin to gain ground …  >>

 
Sharing the future – Perspectives on the Chinese car sharing market

Study, 2014

Car sharing is a global trend. This business model, developed in industrialized countries, is meeting with increasing interest and demand in emerging economies as well, especially in Asia. …  >>

 
Automotive Japan – Broader lineups call for new sales channel concepts

Study, 2014

A modular manufacturing system and a revolution in drivetrain – these trends in the automotive industry are extensively discussed. However, not in conjunction to one another …  >>

 
Study on future automotive growth markets and implications for suppliers

Study, 2014

The BRIC markets guarantee carmakers and suppliers sales markets and low-cost production sites. This study takes a close look at the prospects in Brazil, Russia, India and China …  >>

 
Brazilian automotive perspectives 2014

THINK ACT, 2014

This survey conducted by Roland Berger and Automotive Business reveals that the Brazilian automotive sector expects 2014 to be full of challenges, with moderate growth …  >>

 
Russian Automotive Market Study 2014

Study, 2014

Russia remains an interesting market for automotive manufacturers, but will probably not be able to meet the industry's optimistic expectations …  >>

 
Online automotive parts sales: The rise of a new channel

Study, 2014

The German online market for automotive spare parts will expand rapidly. For online dealers, this development opens up significant business potential …  >>

 
An industry in cruise control – What's next for US suppliers?

Study, 2014

Automotive suppliers in the US have successfully recovered from the crisis. But what decisions need to be made now in order to maintain this positive stock market development? …  >>

 
Fleet business in BRIC and emerging markets

Study, 2014

Western OEMS are facing ever more saturated domestic markets, including the fleet segment. Particularly in Europe, OEMs are having trouble growing their market shares in this area …  >>

 
E-mobility index for Q1/2014

Index from Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen, 2014

The new E-mobility Index for the first quarter of 2014 compares the competitive position of the seven leading automotive nations in e-mobility …  >>

 
Re:think automotive retail networks

think: act STUDY, 2014

Are the current dealer profits truly sustainable over the coming years and decades? Read more about the next challenge for the US auto industry in our think:act STUDY …  >>

 
Automotive Insights 01.2014

Client magazine, 2014

The first Automotive Insights magazine in 2014 gives you the opportunity to look back at last year's highlights and get a taste of the most important trends coming up …  >>

 
Fuel cells – A realistic alternative for zero emission?

Study, 2014

Fuel-cell vehicles could be an attractive alternative to battery-powered cars. Our new study on fuel cells paints a fairly bleak picture of this technology over the medium term …  >>

 
Customizing aftersales

Study, 2013

German OEMs generate up to 80% of their profits with products and services for vehicles that have already been sold. We have decoded the DNA of the aftersales customer …  >>

 
The Brazilian profitability challenge – Ensuring sustainable margins for automotive suppliers

Study, 2013

Despite a successful first semester 2013 with sales and production increases, the current economic scenario in Brazil indicates a more conservative outlook for 2013 and 2014 …  >>

 
Global Automotive Supplier Study 2013

Study in cooperation with Lazard, 2013

The average profitability of the global automotive supplier industry remains stable at an astonishingly high level. This is one of the key findings of our new study …  >>

 
E-mobility index for Q3 2013

Index from Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen, 2013

This index compares the competitive positions of the seven leading automotive nations in the field of e-mobility. The indicators technology, industry and market were analyzed …  >>

 
Automotive Insights 02.2013

Client magazine, 2013

This issue focuses on the aftersales and aftermarket business, which has been neglected for quite some time and needs to be developed and professionalized …  >>

 

Despite mature technology and better cost structures, production forecasts for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) are gloomy …  >>

 
"Rightsizing Europe" - The European car crisis and implications for automotive suppliers

Study, 2013

After the all-time high in 2010, the profitability of the global auto supplier industry is now declining again …  >>

 
Werkstattportale in Deutschland

Study (in German only), 2013

The auto service business is getting tougher by the day. In Germany, the market for spare parts and auto services generates revenues of around EUR 26 billion a year …  >>

 
Automotive Insights 01.2013

Client magazine, 2013

This issue puts the spotlight on the supplier industry. After two years of outstanding growth rates, the sector faced tougher times in 2012. And it looks like the foreseeable future will remain complex …  >>

 
21st Century Car Distribution in Europe

Joint study with AUTOMANAGER and the IESE Business School, 2013

In collaboration with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and AUTOMANAGER, the IESE Business School in Barcelona conducted a project to develop modern, sustainable distribution models for the European car industry …  >>

 
Connected Mobility 2025

think: act STUDY, 2013

Personal mobility is key to the success and prosperity of every country's economy. But the growing population in the world's largest conurbations and the increasing amount of traffic are leading to paralysis. …  >>

 
Rebound of the US Supplier Industry?

Study, 2012

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants has released a new study that captures the pulse of the US automotive supplier industry …  >>

 
Lithium-ion batteries – The bubble bursts

Study, 2012

The process of consolidation across the Li-Ion battery market is progressing even faster than expected. Over the last two years, the industry has seen a number of new players filing for bankruptcy …  >>

 
Automotive Insights 02.2012

Client magazine, 2012

In the light of the 64th International Motor Show (IAA) Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, the current issue of our magazine Insights focuses completely on commercial vehicles …  >>

 
Zukunftsfeld Energiespeicher

Study in cooperation with VDMA (in German only), 2012

Nearly all cell phones, laptops or MP3 players currently run on Li-Ion batteries. And the emerging trend toward e-mobility is hardly conceivable without the use of Li-Ion batteries in vehicles. Yet Li-Ion technology has by no means reached its full potential …  >>

 
Automotive Retail Business

Study, 2012

The experts at Roland Berger expect to see Europe's car sales decrease by about 6% in 2012 …  >>

 
Connected vehicle - conquering the value of data

Study, 2012

OEMs and suppliers must act now to consolidate their position on the market for networked automobility …  >>

 
Truck Transportation 2030

Study, 2012

There are six megatrends that will have a major impact on the global truck industry in the next 20 years …  >>

 
Automotive Insights 01.2012

Client magazine, 2012

In this issue, we focus on key trends in the US light vehicle market and the maturity of major CEE countries regarding e-mobility …  >>

 
E-mobility quarterly index

Study in cooperation with Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen (fka), 2012

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen (fka) have joined forces to illustrate the relative competitive positions of the world's top automotive countries along the three indicators of technology, industry and market …  >>

 
How OEM importers will win the growth battle

Study, 2012

As the eurozone hits a mild recession this year, the passenger car market is expected to shrink slightly compared to 2011 …  >>

 
Impact of China on Central European Automotive Industry

Study, 2012

China has emerged as a key market for European automakers – and the boom keeps on going …  >>

 
Global Vehicle LiB Market Study Update

Study, 2012

The worldwide market for Li-ion batteries for electric vehicles is extremely dynamic …  >>

 
Automotive inSIGHTS 3/2011

Customer magazine, 2011

The issue centers on a wholesale fitness program for European and national sales companies, describing a tailored approach on how to flank the exploitation of additional sales potential …  >>

 
CEE e-mobility study

Study, 2011

E-mobility is one of tomorrow's major business opportunities. By the year 2025, electric or partially electric vehicles will account for up to 50% of new vehicle registrations in Europe. …  >>

 
Automotive inSIGHTS 2/2011

Customer magazine, 2011

In this issue of Automotive inSIGHTS, we focus at the supplier industry and the growing Asia region. It's also worth taking a look at the commercial vehicles industry …  >>

 
Is Brazil a car paradise?

think: act CONTENT, 2011

The demand for cars is exploding. And the market is known for being dynamic. It offers enormous opportunities. But buyers are demanding more …  >>

 
Global Vehicle LiB Market Study

Study, 2011

The worldwide market for Li-ion batteries for electric vehicles has taken off. It will reach almost USD 9 billion by 2015 …  >>

 
Powertrain 2020 - The Li-Ion Battery Value Chain

Study, 2011

The Li-Ion-battery value chain will change dramatically, automotive companies need to reflect these dynamics in products, partnering strategies and processes …  >>

 
Chinese appetite

Study, 2011

Strategic investors from China are looking specifically for Western companies that can help them improve their own technological competitiveness …  >>

 
Automotive inSIGHTS 1/2011

Customer magazine, 2011

The automotive industry has recovered quickly, so now is a good time to look a little further down the road …  >>

 
E-Mobility – Opportunities and challenges for the German engineering industries

Joint study with VDMA, 2011

The joint study by VDMA and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants shows that the expansion of electromobility presents new business opportunities for the industry, but also major challenges …  >>

 
Automotive engineering 2025

Study, 2011

Most automotive companies realize that they need more globally integrated development. However, most development employees – and hence most development work – are still located in the company's home region …  >>

 
Automotive landscape 2025

Study, 2011

Five megatrends, geopolitical change, changing demographics, sustainability, the evolution of mobility as well as changing technology, will cause a huge leap forward in the development of the automotive industry within the next 15 years …  >>

 
Chinese automotive market: How long will the party last?

Study, 2010

According to the Roland Berger analysis, private vehicle sales in China will exceed 18 million units by 2015, but growth rates will decline substantially …  >>

 
Automotive inSIGHTS 2/2010

Customer magazine, 2010

In the latest issue of Automotive inSIGHTS, we take a close look at the topic of mobility. We analyzed a wide variety of approaches to developing mobility concepts and share the results with you …  >>

 
PEV Readiness Study

Study in collaboration with Rocky Mountain Institute and Project Get Ready, 2010

America is on the verge of a tipping point in its transportation paradigm. Electric vehicles are evolving from an uncertain experiment to an increasing relevant modality for the future …  >>

 
Electric Vehicles –  Voice of the Customer

Study together with TNS Infratest, 2010

Despite positive feedback, the automotive industry still has to take considerable action and innovate because the willingness of customers to pay more for electric vehicles is not yet enough to cover the additional costs …  >>

 
Win with the winners

Study, 2010

After the toughest year for the industry since World War Two, automotive suppliers are slowly climbing out of the crisis …  >>

 
Automotive inSIGHTS 1/2010

Customer magazine, 2010

The emerging markets have become the saviors of the global automotive industry. BRIC markets will account for more than 70% of the anticipated growth in 2010 …  >>

 
The Brazilian automotive industry at crossroads

Summary of study findings, 2010

Brazil's race to catch up with the top five automotive nations has borne fruit: in just ten years, the country went from no. 10 to no. 4 among the world's largest car markets …  >>

 
Mastering Engineering Service Outsourcing in the automotive industry

Market study, 2010

Engineering service outsourcing (ESO) offers flexibility and cost-saving potential for both original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original equipment suppliers (OESs) in the automotive industry …  >>

 
Powertrain 2020; Li-Ion batteries – the next bubble ahead?

Study, 2010

According to this study, the share of electrified powertrains will increase in all major Automotive markets - driven by significant battery cost reductions in the next 10 years …  >>

 
Julia Daecke, Nutzung virtueller Welten zur Kundenintegration in die Neuproduktentwicklung

Julia Daecke (book in German), 2009

Integrating customers into new product development is a key factor in successfully realizing viable innovations …  >>

 
Powertrain 2020 – The Future Drives Electric

Study, 2009

Powertrain electrification will reshape the current mobility value chain, forcing consolidation and new partnerships as well as opening up new revenue and profit pools for existing and new players …  >>

 
Automotive inSIGHTS special

Customer magazine, 2009

The Automotive CC has analyzed how emerging players in BRIC are upgrading their R&D capabilities …  >>

 
Powertrain 2020 - China's ambition to become market leader in E-Vehicles

Study, 2009

This study describes the actions being taken by the Chinese government and outlines scenarios for the future e-mobility markets …  >>

 
New powertrain technologies

European customer survey, 2009

Together with TNS Infratest, Roland Berger conducted a study on hybrid and electric cars from a customers' perspective …  >>

 

Press releases

September 19, 2014

"E-mobility index" by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen for Q3 2014: Level of technology in electric vehicles continues to rise …  >>

September 12, 2014

Roland Berger study: Car sales for 2014 expected to decrease by up to 12% and commercial vehicles by as much as 25% vs. 2013 …  >>

June 10, 2014

Car sharing is a global trend. This business model, developed in industrialized countries, is meeting with increasing interest and demand in emerging economies as well, especially in Asia. …  >>

May 19, 2014

Survey conducted by Roland Berger and Automotive Business reveals that the Brazilian automotive sector expects 2014 to be full of challenges, with stagnant or moderate growth …  >>

May 12, 2014

Russia has not met the optimistic expectations of automotive manufacturers and suppliers …  >>

May 9, 2014

Online business in all areas is growing faster than expected: today, 16% of all purchases are already made online – and that number is on the rise …  >>

April 9, 2014

The US automotive supplier base has successfully recovered from the crisis and strengthened its operational and financial position …  >>

March 13, 2014

A new analysis by Roland Berger highlights great potential for fleet business in the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China) …  >>

March 1, 2014

The E-mobility Index for the first quarter of 2014 prepared by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachens reveals Japan's clear leadership and further growth potential in the area of industry, built on the back of strengths in battery and cell production …  >>

February 4, 2014

Dealer profits have recovered since the economic crisis and are back at record levels. But margins will soon be under pressure …  >>

January 12, 2014

A new study by Roland Berger shows that the cost of fuel cells can drop considerably by 2025 …  >>

December 2, 2013

Roland Berger forecasts new vehicles sales of 3.6 million in 2013 – Only marginal industry growth expected for 2014 …  >>

September 9, 2013

The global automotive supplier industry's average EBIT margin remained stable at 6.5%, despite the unfavorable market situation in Europe …  >>

September 5, 2013

The e-mobility index for Q3 2013, produced by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen (fka), reveals that vehicle technology is at series production level in nearly all countries; Germany has taken the lead in technology …  >>

May 22, 2013

Despite mature technology and better cost structures, production forecasts for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) are gloomy. That is the conclusion of the latest E-mobility Index by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen (fka) for Q1 2013. …  >>

March 18, 2013

The auto service business enjoys revenues of around EUR 26 billion a year in Germany, but the market is fiercely competitive …  >>

February 4, 2013

New technologies, shifts in mobility patterns and environmental issues are reshaping the automotive ecosphere …  >>

January 22, 2013

Personal mobility is key to the success and prosperity of every country's economy. But the growing population in the world's largest conurbations and the increasing amount of traffic are leading to paralysis. …  >>

October 30, 2012

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants has released a new study that captures the pulse of the US automotive supplier industry …  >>

October 19, 2012

The consolidation trend, first forecast by Roland Berger back in 2010, is unfolding faster …  >>

September 12, 2012

A market study jointly conducted by VDMA and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants points to major market potential for Li-Ion batteries beyond automotive and consumer electronics …  >>

September 3, 2012

The experts at Roland Berger expect to see Europe's car sales decrease by about 6% in 2012. …  >>

August 24, 2012

A steady stream of concepts for and studies of new telematic services has been churned out since 2000. Most never really made it off the drawing board. …  >>

June 22, 2012

There are six megatrends that are changing the truck industry and posing new challenges for manufacturers …  >>

June 14, 2012

This new index makes it possible to compare how the top seven car nations compete (Germany, France, Italy, the US, Japan, China and South Korea) in terms of e-mobility …  >>

May 14, 2012

Roland Berger research shows: although starting from a difficult position, the European automotive industry expects to grow by around 2% p.a. by 2016 …  >>

April 19, 2012

The global automotive Li-ion battery market will grow to more than USD 9 billion by 2015 …  >>

All automotive experts

Belgium

Didier Tshidimba

Partner, Member of the GEC

Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 66103-77
E-mail: e-mail

 

Brazil

Martin Bodewig

Principal

São Paulo, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 3046 7111
E-mail: e-mail

 
Stephan Keese

Partner

São Paulo, Brazil
Phone: +55 11 3046-7111
E-mail: e-mail

 

Czech Republic

Roland Zsilinszky

Managing Director Czech Republic / Slovakia

Prague, Czech Republic
Phone: +420 2 10 219-524
E-mail: e-mail

 

France

Sebastien Amichi

Partner

Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 70394-282
E-mail: e-mail

 
Max Blanchet

Partner

Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 53670-907
E-mail: e-mail

 

Germany

Marcus Berret

Partner and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Stuttgart, Germany
Phone: +49 711 3275-7419
E-mail: e-mail

 
Wolfgang Bernhart

Partner

Stuttgart, Germany
Phone: +49 711 3275-7421
E-mail: e-mail

 
Alexander Brenner

Principal

Hamburg, Germany
Phone: +49 40 37631-4318
E-mail: e-mail

 
Norbert Dressler

Partner

Stuttgart, Germany
Phone: +49 711 3275-7420
E-mail: e-mail

 
Philipp Grosse Kleimann

Partner

Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 89 9230-8718
E-mail: e-mail

 
Sebastian Gundermann

Partner

Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 89 9230-8142
E-mail: e-mail

 
Jan-Philipp Hasenberg

Principal

Frankfurt, Germany
Phone: +49 69 29924-6506
E-mail: e-mail

 
Felix Mogge

Partner

Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 89 9230-8346
E-mail: e-mail

 
Jürgen Reers

Partner

Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 89 9230-8113
E-mail: e-mail

 
Thomas Schlick

Partner

Frankfurt, Germany
Phone: +49 69 29924-6202
E-mail: e-mail

 

Greater China

Fanny Cao

Principal

Shanghai, Greater China
Phone: +86 21 5298 6677 - 850
E-mail: e-mail

 
Peter Dai

Principal

Shanghai, Greater China
Phone: +86 21 5298 6677 - 815
E-mail: e-mail

 
Andreas Maennel

Principal

Shanghai, Greater China
Phone: +86 21 5298 6677 - 831
E-mail: e-mail

 
Junyi Zhang

Principal

Shanghai, Greater China
Phone: +86 21 5298 6677-123
E-mail: e-mail

 

India

Wilfried Aulbur

Managing Partner India

Mumbai, India
Phone: +91 22 3953 7501
E-mail: e-mail

 

Italy

Roberto Crapelli

Partner and Managing Director

Milan, Italy
Phone: +39 02 29501-257
E-mail: e-mail

 
Alberto de Monte

Principal

Milan, Italy
Phone: +39 02 29501
E-mail: e-mail

 

Japan

Satoshi Nagashima

Partner

Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 35876-660
E-mail: e-mail

 
Akio Okamura

Partner

Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 35876-660
E-mail: e-mail

 
Keisuke Takahashi

Principal

Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 35876-744
E-mail: e-mail

 
Martin Tonko

Partner

Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 35876-660
E-mail: e-mail

 
Keisuke Yamabe

Partner

Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 358 76-660
E-mail: e-mail

 

Korea

Martin Tonko

Partner

Seoul, Korea
Phone: +82 2 738-6100
E-mail: e-mail

 

Netherlands

René Seyger

Partner

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 7960-600
E-mail: e-mail

 

Russia

Eduard Cherkin

Principal

Moscow, Russia
Phone: +7 495 225 76 45 - 0
E-mail: e-mail

 
Uwe Kumm

Partner

Moscow, Russia
Phone: +7 495 225 76 45 - 0
E-mail: e-mail

 

Southeast Asia

Thomas Klotz

Managing Partner

Singapore, Southeast Asia
Phone: +65 6597 4566
E-mail: e-mail

 
Anthonie Versluis

Partner

Kuala Lumpur, Southeast Asia
Phone: +603-2203 8600
E-mail: e-mail

 

Sweden

Per I. Nilsson

Partner

Gothenburg, Sweden
Phone: +46 31 75755 - 14
E-mail: e-mail

 
Per M. Nilsson

Partner

Gothenburg, Sweden
Phone: +46 31 75755 - 10
E-mail: e-mail

 

Turkey

Doruk Acar

Principal

Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 212 358 6401
E-mail: e-mail

 

Ukraine

Uwe Kumm

Partner

Moscow, Russia
Phone: +7 495 225 76 45 - 0
E-mail: e-mail

 

United Kingdom

James Nicholson

Principal

London, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 3075 - 1122
E-mail: e-mail

 

USA

Thomas Wendt

Partner

Detroit, USA
Phone: +1 248 729-5000
E-mail: e-mail

 
Marc Winterhoff

Partner

Detroit, USA
Phone: +1 312 662-5500
E-mail: e-mail

 
E-mobility Index – 3rd Quarter 2014

Index from Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen, 2014

German OEMs have regained their leading position in e-mobility technology for electric and hybrid vehicles. The new models are what took them back to the top …  >>

 
Small commercial vehicle – India's little elephant

Study, 2014

In India, the Small Commercial Vehicle segment is the largest segment within the Commercial Vehicle industry. According to our recent study, it is expected to grow at 13% CAGR till 2020 …  >>

 

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