Improving fuel efficiency by using lighter materials is discussed with Carla Bailo (Nissan Americas), Frank Macher (Continental Structural Plastics) and Maurice Sessel (International Automotive Components).
The car-buying experience is discussed with Jeri Ward, Audi of America's director of customer experience; Rochester Hills, Mich., Audi dealer Chris Consiglio; and customer-service research analyst Megan Burns (Forrester Research).
The exterior designs of cars are discussed with former GM car designer David Lyon; John Manoogian, who also worked for GM and now teaches design at Detroit's College for Creative Studies; and 2953 Analytics managing director Jim Hall.
Ford's marketing strategy is discussed with Jim Farley, the company's executive vice president of global marketing, sales and service. Panelists include Karl Henkel (Detroit News) and Dave Guilford (Automotive News).
Futurist designer Syd Mead, who worked on the "Blade Runner" film, discusses autonomy and the "electronic herd." Panelists include Jim Hall (2953 Analytics) and John Manoogian (College for Creative Studies).
The role that the Automotive Leasing Guide plays in setting the residual values of cars and trucks is discussed with Larry Dominique (TrueCar), Joe White (Wall Street Journal) and Craig Trudell (Bloomberg).
The program's first Automotive Executive of the Year award is unveiled. Guests include former Center for Automotive Research CEO Dave Cole, Neil De Koker (Original Equipment Suppliers Association) and journalist Edward Lapham.