E-commerce will bring important cost benefits to the auto industry over the next 5 years, which will come not only from purchasing, but also many other functions such as product development. "Build To Order" won't be the industry's panacea and manufacturers will evolve from the current "Build to Dealers' Lots" towards the "Build to Consumer Demand" model. These are some of the key findings of a study released at an industry seminar today by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in conjunction with Deutsche Bank's Global Automotive Research Team. The study findings, though focused on the automotive industry, provide insight into the future for many other industries (for example, consumer products, aerospace and pharmaceuticals) where similar initiatives are undertaken.