Powertrain electrification, vehicle connectivity, autonomous driving, and a host of new mobility solutions are transforming the automotive sector. We work with vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, technology companies and mobility service providers to develop breakthrough strategies that help you achieve the full potential of your business today while ensuring that every facet of your business is future-ready and poised to seize new opportunities.
What We Do
- Strategy under uncertainty: We support top management in making far-reaching strategic decisions in an environment of disruptive change, volatility and uncertainty; allocate scarce resources to new business opportunities, and to the traditional automotive core business, in order to maximize value generation; determine “no-regrets” moves and build optionality where there is uncertainty; and provide you with the tools you need to to see what’s coming before your competitors do.
- Customer centricity: Generate deep customer insights with our advanced analytics capabilities and develop superior customer experiences with Bain Simple & Digital, while enhancing customer loyalty and advocacy using Bain's Net Promoter System®.
- Full Potential Transformations: We help OEMs and suppliers transform their business models and portfolios for the new era of mobility, while maximizing cash and profit from their traditional core businesses.
- Complexity Management: Massively reduce the complexity of your products and services, as well as your processes, systems and organizations, to increase efficiency, effectiveness and customer satisfaction.
- Cost Management: Rigorously take costs out of your core business to align yourself with top industry performers using zero-based methodologies
- Revenue enhancement: Exploit the opportunities presented by value-based pricing of your products and services using advanced analytics to minimize revenue leakage and improve profit margins.
- Mergers & Acquisitions: Bain, as the global leader in private equity consulting, consistently provides an investor's and owner's perspective on potential acquisitions and partnerships, and has a unique track record for helping companies generate the full anticipated value of deals with our post-merger integration expertise.
- Digitalization: Harness the power of digital to generate new revenue and profit streams, increase efficiency and effectiveness, and reduce back-office costs.
- Organizational Design: Break down functional siloes, enhance your organizational structure and apply Agile development to streamline processes and accelerate profitable growth.
- Change Management: Build the internal capabilities and behavioral changes needed to ensure that the changes you’ve made stick, and that implementation proceeds in an effective, manageable and measurable way.
Bain's global network of automotive consulting experts helps our clients reach their full potential and achieve profitable growth and maximum efficiency. We work with companies from all sectors of the automotive and mobility industry:
- Passenger car OEMs
- Commercial vehicle OEMs
- Automotive suppliers
- Technology companies
- Distributors, retailer and service station networks
- Aftermarket specialists
- Mobility and automotive finance providers
The automotive industry is experiencing a period of massive change driven by major disruptive trends, which we summarize as "5 RACES":
- Real customer focus: Automotive and mobility leaders will put the customer and her needs at the center of their business and provide customer-centric propositions and processes on the same level as leading technology players do today. This is nothing short of a fundamental cultural change for the traditionally engineering- and product-oriented automotive industry.
- Autonomous driving will form the foundation for completely new mobility solutions in urban mobility with self-driving robo-cabs over the next few years. In addition, autonomous driving will become available as an option in Premium and Luxury vehicles.
- Connectivity: All cars will be connected to the internet and essentially become digitally enabled devices on wheels.
- Electric powertrains will grow steeply to meet emission standards; once price parity is reached, customer-driven momentum will push this trend further.
- Shared mobility services will result in new solutions for urban mobility.
All traditional manufacturers and suppliers will need to develop their own answers and strategies to cope with the 5 RACES, and each of the RACES will require massive investments and the development of often new capabilities, including software. Given the magnitude of the challenge, we believe that no player will be able to implement proprietary solutions for all 5 RACES without strong partnerships.
The speed and trajectory for each of these trends will depend on many factors. Adoption of electric vehicles, for instance, depends heavily on regulations at the national and even city level, further cost reductions for batteries and cells, the availability of competitive products including range and charging time, the availability of charging infrastructure in cities and highways, and more. We have built and are continually refining our proprietary data models for the 5 RACES, which are scenario-based and forecast the tipping points in the adoption S-Curves under specific premises.
The 5 RACES will have a massive impact on profit pools over the next decade and beyond. In some key urban areas mobility will likely be revolutionized by shared electric self-driving robo-cabs. As major trends such as autonomous driving and new mobility services allow for platform economics, the early movers—at least, those who make the right moves—may have an opportunity to build highly profitable and prohibitive business models. In contrast, companies who take a wait-and-see approach may either miss the chance to participate in certain profit pools or be forced to make huge investments to catch up.
Leading OEMs and suppliers will:
- Pick their battles and drive for leadership position in selected RACES. This will often require substantial investments in M&A and certain capabilities that are often outside of traditional automotive strongholds. It will be critical for these companies to provide a differentiated omni-channel customer interface, bringing brand values to life and establishing a unique eco-system that sticks.
- Establish smart partnerships with leading technology companies or even with competitors for other RACES. With limited resources available, winning OEMs and suppliers will work with their partners on establishing industry-wide standards and platforms to exploit broader synergies and even lock-in effects, e.g., for autonomous driving capabilities.
- Manage the traditional automotive business to its full operational potential and meet key benchmark standards along the entire value chain of R&D, manufacturing, sourcing, sales/ marketing, after sales, services and general management.
Even though these massive changes will require 10 to 20 years to fully manifest themselves, it’s critical that companies make major strategic decisions and investments now, to ensure access to emerging new profit pools and to protect and grow their profitable core businesses.
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