New Frontiers of the Automobile Industry. Exploring Geographies, Technology, and Institutional Challenges


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Palgrave Studies of Internationalization in Emerging Markets, Palgrave Macmillan (2020)


Analysing developments in digital technologies and institutional changes, this book provides an overview of the current frenetic state of transformation within the global automobile industry. An ongoing transition brought about by the relocation of marketing, design and production centres to emerging economies, and experimentation with new mobility systems such as electrical, autonomous vehicles, this process poses the question as to how original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and newcomers can remain competitive and ensure sustainability. With contributions from specialists in the automobile sector, this collection examines the shifts in power and geographical location occurring in the industry, and outlines the key role that public policy has in generating innovation in entrepreneurial states. Offering useful insights into the challenges facing emerging economies in their attempts to grow within the automobile industry, this book will provide valuable reading for those researching internationalization and emerging markets, business strategy and more specifically, the automotive industry.


1 Introduction. Changing Geographies and Frontiers of the Automotive Industry
Alex Covarrubias V.
Sigfrido M. Ramírez Perez

Part I. Developed Countries: Old Geographies and New Frontiers

2 Overview of the U.S. Automobile Industry
Thomas Klier
James Rubenstein
3 Canada’s Automotive Industry: Recession, Restructuring, and Future Prospects
Brendan Sweeney
4 The 2015 Volkswagen ‘Diesel-Gate’ and Its Impact on German Carmakers
Ludger Pries
Nils Wäcken
5 Searching for Industrial Policy: The Long Decline of the French Automotive Industry
Tommaso Pardi
6 Britain’s Car Industry: Policies, Positioning, and Perspectives
Dan Coffey
Carole Thornley
7 The Italian Automotive Industry: Between Old and New Development Factors
Giuseppe Giulio Calabrese
8 The Japanese Automotive Industry Since 2000: Causes and Impacts of Growth Disparities
Stéphane Heim

Part II. Making It to the Top: Failing from the Top

9 Catch-up to Lead in Korea’s Automobile Industry
Young-suk Hyun
10 Who Killed the Australian Automotive Industry: The Employers, Government or Trade Unions?
Stephen Clibborn
Russell D. Lansbury
Chris F. Wright

Part III. Emergent Countries: New Geographies Struggling for Trespassing Frontiers

11 The Automotive Industry in China: Past and Present
Frido Wenten
12 The Indian Automobile Industry: Technology Enablers Preparing for the Future
Biswajit Nag
Debdeep De
13 The Boom of the Mexican Automotive Industry: From NAFTA to USMCA
Alex Covarrubias V.
14 The New Geography of the Automobile Industry: Trends and Challenges in Brazil
Roberto Marx
Adriana Marotti de Mello
Felipe Ferreira de Lara
15 Automotive Industry Dynamics in Central Europe
Robert Guzik
Bolesław Domański
Krzysztof Gwosdz

Part IV. Institutional Constraints on Upgrading: The Case of Vocational Education and Training Systems

16 Skills on Wheels: Raising Industry Involvement in Vocational Training in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary
Vera Šćepanović
17 Finding Skills: Strategies of Local Auto Parts Supplier Firms in Mexico and Turkey
Merve Sancak

Part V. Conclusions

18 Wrapping Up: The New Geographies and Frontiers of the AI have Arrived. Who is Taking the Lead?
Alex Covarrubias V.
Sigfrido M. Ramírez Perez

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