Millennial is just another label. There are many other conditions beyond generational factors that perhaps define what makes people similar or different but, in the end, there is no real generational gap between any of us. Age is a continuum. It maybe just seems useful to make a distinction between different generations because it allows us to put people in convenient boxes, easy to label. But from an applied perspective, there are many more considerations that unite rather then divide us. Our goals are similar regardless if we are 80 or 20 years old, even if how we want to achieve them differs. The best way we have found to work with millennials, baby-boomers and all other generations is to put people in mixed work groups. This way, remaining differences become useful and everyone can work toward the same target.
Mexico has developed complete production lines from Tier 1 to Tier 2 and 3 suppliers, moving away from its original maquila idea. Engines, seats, control panels and many other components can be completely manufactured in the country from the tiniest wire to its connectivity features. Most OEMs have based their strategies on quality, costs and logistic advantages. Quality has to be the main driver for the local supply chain, along with the possibility of being a benchmark in terms of costs. Communication and integration are also vital for any client throughout all levels of the production, design and logistics process. Advanced manufacturing operations must also be a priority. Software and basic engineering processes are still carried in the companies’ headquarters. However, each day more and more universities collaborate with companies to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among students.
The future will be autonomous and cars will become boxes of data, proving a new challenge especially for companies in the premium segment. Although we were previously distinguished by our drivetrain and performance, new technologies will shift clients’ focus. People will stop driving and will use vehicles as a platform to work on other activities. The car will have to know what its passengers want, your likes and dislikes and even how are you feeling health-wise. We are already on top of these new trends, becoming the first company to release a production car with license plates for autonomous-driving tests in the state of Nevada. For 131 years, Mercedes-Benz has been a trend setter striving for constant innovation. That is what will make us move forward in the future.