www.just-auto.com -- Research carried on the just-auto.com website undertaken by industry associate Roland Berger & Partners suggests that e-commerce will bring important cost benefits to the auto industry over the next 5 years. "These will come not only from purchasing, but also many other functions such as product development." Commented David Legget, the just-auto.com Managing Editor. '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 published by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in conjunction with Deutsche Bank's Global Automotive Research Team.

"Many industry forecasts have suggested that the efficiency gains achievable through electronic commerce will reduce the cost of a car by several thousand dollars. But estimates of this magnitude understate the challenges that automakers and suppliers face in implementing the necessary channel changes," said Michael Heidingsfelder, a Partner at Roland Berger. "The objective of our study is to cut through the hype by presenting a realistic assessment of the impact of B2B initiatives on the auto industry. We have also identified the key factors that will separate the winners from the losers within the automotive value chain." The full findings can be read by clicking here.

David Leggett added, "There is plenty of uncertainty about the impact of e-commerce on the automotive manufacturing supply chain. The great thing about this research is that it very methodically quantifies the probable savings and the conclusions that have been drawn look pretty realistic."

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