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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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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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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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