The panel on Automotive Manufacturing and Maintenance which reviews the domestic industry, has concluded that industries and its suppliers, no major technological changes, can produce the projected types of vehicles of the future. The biggest change expected is reducing the overall size, weight and acceleration of the automobile without major changes in roominess. Any significant change in labor content will depend on vehicle size and production volume changes. Although the maintenance and after market industries can service the new and lighter vehicles, there is expected to be corresponding changes in the number and skills of mechanics, complexity of equipment and capital investments. Reduced fuel sales are expected to cut the number of service stations and land cost. Facilities cost are expected to cause oil companies to close down marginal stations and consolidate into larger ones. More sophisticated diagnostics will be needed because of electronic systems and better trained personel. Body shops will also need upgraded skills and better facilities to handle aluminum, plastics and lighter-gage metals which may have greater structural and corosion damage.

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    Marketing Sciences, Incorporated

    965 East Jefferson Avenue
    Detroit, MI  United States  48207
  • Publication Date: 1976-6-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 14
  • Serial:
    • Automotive News
    • Volume: 51
    • Issue Number: 4601
    • Publisher: Crain Communications, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0005-1551

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141146
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1976 12:00AM