Automotive Sector Transformation
The automotive sector is undergoing a fundamental shift in terms of how cars are made, used and financed. Driven by technology, sustainability and changing consumer preferences, this transformation will have major ramifications for sectors globally.

    12 Apr 2021|Moody's Investors Service
    The direct spending and tax credits in the proposed $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan would, if enacted, benefit sectors including US state and local governments, infrastructure assets, auto manufacturing and electric utilities.

    25 Mar 2021|Moody's Investors Service
    The pace of automakers’ investments in alternative-fuel vehicles (AFV) is acceleratingas AFVs will account for nearly 40% of global new vehicle registrations by 2030. However, getting sufficient returns will be a major challenge for automakers because of high battery costs and nascent demand that limits large-scale production.

    25 Feb 2021|Moody's Investors Service
    Electric-vehicle battery makers will generally benefit from rising battery demand, but rapid business expansion and investments in innovative technology to maintain a competitive edge will come with operational risks and the challenge of keeping leverage stable. Mihoko Manabe and Motoki Yanase of the Corporates team in Tokyo examine the credit implications for rated battery makers in this podcast.

    22 Jan 2021|Moody's Investors Service
    Insufficient supplies of chips used in engines, transmissions, safety features and information systems are credit neutral for automakers, which have the flexibility to mitigate the impact on profitability. The shortage is credit positive for semiconductor companies, which are benefiting from strong demand and may be able to increase prices.
    14 Jan 2021|Moody's Investors Service
    The merger of Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot creates a combined entity called Stellantis that has a higher degree of regional diversification than the standalone companies, as well as greater technological and fleet diversification and improved operating efficiency thanks to merger cost savings and Peugeot’s track record of strong pricing and cost management.

    08 Dec 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    Elena Nadtotchi and Matthias Heck of the Corporates team and Nana Hamilton of the Infrastructure team explore the outlook for global oil and gas producers, global auto makers, US regulated power utilities, and European unregulated utilities. The oil and gas and auto industries’ capital spending will come under pressure following a coronavirus-induced drop in revenues during 2020, although companies continue to invest in carbon transition. Utilities’ capital spending will remain robust because the pandemic has had less impact on them.​

    07 Dec 2020
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