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How to Build Up an Effective Automotive Business Case + Free Business Case Template

Thomas Ledinegg
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This article aims to explain the key outlines of every automotive business case: What information it should contain, how this information is obtained, how it should be communicated and why building an effective business case will take a fair amount of time to be completed.

Furthermore we provide you with a business case template set up bei Magna experts.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
> What is a business case
> What is required to develop a business case?
> The contents of an automotive business case
> Challenges in regards to a business case
> What comes after developing an effective business case?

 

 Business Case Template from Magna

In the previous article, we touched upon the most essential cornerstones of every new entrant’s portfolio before taking up the search for investors. And while most of these cornerstones can be generally summarized quite well in a few paragraphs, one of them requires further investigation. Out of all documents and references of a new entrant, the business case is arguably the one that investors will be most interested in.

a woman is making calculations for a business case

WHAT IS A BUSINESS CASE?

In essence, a business case is a very comprehensive and detailed answer to one key question of every project: What value does it generate for the respective business partners? By building an effective business case, a new entrant can determines under which conditions their automotive vision can be realized.

In automotive projects, the forecasted economic success is the central driving factor behind every investment. Thus, the investors’ involvement within an automotive project is also primarily guided by the notion on whether the new entrant’s vehicles are profitable.

Now, the important question is: What exactly makes an automotive project profitable? Although new entrants have yet to establish an automotive brand presence, they can increase the credibility of their project and the value of their vision at an early stage:

  • By making themselves known to investors beforehand – either by reaching out to them directly or by garnering initial public recognition via a show event, for example

  • By working with notable names in the automotive sector, for example, with investors, suppliers, or renowned contract manufacturers such as Magna

  • And of course: by showcasing not only the profitability of their vision, but also their own capabilities as a vehicle manufacturer. The business case is one of the key resources to achieve in this regard.

 

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO DEVELOP AN EFFECTIVE BUSINESS CASE?

As part of the larger business plan of the project, the business case should be outlined and specified as early as possible. As stated before, the business case describes a specific scenario depicting how the new entrant plans to enter the automotive market with a certain set of goals under specific preconditions.

Thus, the first step of defining a business case lies in obtaining information about the target market via a market analysis, including the market size, customer segments, competitors, market potential and current trends. Additionally, the new entrant should already have determined their own status quo, their goals and their brand’s/vehicle’s USP. Lastly, a feasibility study showing whether the project’s targets are compatible with its technical framework is also necessary before developing an effective business case.

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Thomas Ledinegg is Director Finance of Magna Steyr Engineering.

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