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Change is sweeping the automotive industry. You can either drive this change or watch as the industry passes you by.

As experts in automotive accounting and consulting, we’ll take a holistic view of your business and provide tailored solutions to help you meet demand, innovate, and compete globally. Worldwide, our practice serves more than 500 automotive clients with engagements ranging from audit, tax planning and compliance, and ERP, to strategic planning, international consulting, and transaction advisory. We have experience serving original equipment and aftermarket suppliers as well as OEMs and conduct an annual North American OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index® (WRI®) study, focused on measuring and improving OEM-supplier working relations. We’re here to help you focus on the right things — to simplify an increasingly complex world.

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Are you prepared for the future of mobility?
The time to retool and get ready is now.

Our Unique Advantage

We understand what drives the automotive industry. Our experienced and trusted automotive experts will help you solve today’s problems without losing sight of tomorrow. On average, our advisors have at least 20 years of automotive industry experience.

What does this mean for you? We understand your challenges and opportunities. We’re efficient, proactive, and future-focused. And, you’ll never doubt our work.

  • Our partners are recognized across the automotive industry, regularly presenting at key industry conferences and contributing to major business and trade media outlets, such as Automotive News, Industry Week, and CNBC. 
  • We actively participate in numerous industry associations, including the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). 
  • We’ll provide global bench strength and agility when you need it most. With Plante Moran specialists in Mexico, China, India, and Japan, and access to more than 40,000 Praxity, AISBL global alliance professionals worldwide, we’ll get you the resources you need.

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    Have you considered how your accounting group could better support your operations? Adding these four tools to your financial management toolkit will provide your M&D company with deeper insights, accelerating your competitive advantage. Read more at CompanyWeek.
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  • Greenhouse gas reporting: Why, how, and emerging trends for manufacturers
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  • Concerned about your company's loan covenant compliance? Your bank is!

    If your business is experiencing financial challenges, you could inadvertently violate a loan covenant, providing your lender with remedies you won’t want it to exercise. Proactively addressing difficulties while the economy is strong could save your business. Here’s how.

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  • Mexican tax law change may have an adverse impact on your cash flows

    Mexico's tax authorities have eliminated taxpayers’ ability to cross-offset taxes effective Jan. 1, 2019. Find out how this may negatively affect your international organization’s cash flow management.

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A future-focused partner at your side

You can’t solve today’s issues without looking to the future, so that’s what we strive to do in every client engagement.

Clients say our approach is honest yet respectful — that our solutions are innovative but actionable. And, that we’re attentive and thorough. They know we’ll work shoulder to shoulder with them as a member of the team. In the words of our automotive consulting practice leader Daron Gifford, “Our clients appreciate our straightforward advice to help them make decisions; whether it’s good news or bad, we’re always candid because we know, in the long run, it’ll help them reach their goals.”

Our clients say

Our Plante Moran consultant is a trusted, highly respected, and integral part of our organization. He is our expert on industry and market issues and consistently delivers top value while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and integrity.

Steven Perlman Chief Executive Office, The Intec Group

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