The Firm

We begin with an understanding

The automotive industry is the world's largest manufacturing sector. It is complex, heavily politicised and riven with economic contradictions. It is undergoing major change, notably the shift in its centre of mass from the traditional to the emerging markets, led by China. It also faces unprecedented environmental challenges, to which it is not responding as well as it should. Investors, governments and even those running businesses in it often have difficulty making sense of it or of where it should be headed.

autoPOLIS was founded in 1993 to fill a gap in the market: for a consulting firm that truly specialises in the automotive industry, deals with strategic issues, and is more flexible and affordable than the large generalist firms. We work with companies in all key sectors of the business as well as with national governments and international agencies responsible for it, and with financial institutions investing in it. We provide practical insight, impartial comment and objective advice.

"We begin with an understanding" is not an empty slogan. We have worked in and studied this industry for all of our professional lives. In its 20 years of existence, the firm has accumulated what is probably the broadest and deepest set of insights into the structures, workings and prospects of this huge and multi-faceted industry.

We have a public profile disproportionate to our size. Members of the firm have written three major books about the automotive industry. We have had a significant influence in the sphere of the regulation of the industry in Europe. We are frequently invited to chair conferences or to contribute to them. We are regularly interviewed by and cited in the media.

The Team

Who we are

The team has experience across virtually all of the industry’s own sectors and those which support and influence it - with vehicle manufacturers, systems and component suppliers, distributors of vehicles and spare parts, service and repair providers, finance and insurance institutions, equity investors and government and regulatory agencies. We are active throughout the world.

Dr John Wormald

Managing Partner

Dr John Wormald is worldwide Managing Partner of autoPOLIS, with a particular focus on Europe. He has worked on a wide range of projects for vehicle manufacturers, components suppliers and government agencies across the world. He has a particular expertise in the aftermarket. He previously worked for Booz.Allen.Hamilton, Renault and the Boston Consulting Group. He is co-author of Driving Over a Cliff? and Time for a Model Change, and is a regular speaker and conference chairman.

Kim Rennick


Kim Rennick heads up the firm's Australian office. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and has experience with many global blue-chip corporations in a wide range of industries, including IT, Mining, Steel Telecommunications and Petrochemicals. Prior to joining autoPOLIS , he had a 20-year career with Honeywell. He has experience working in Australia, US, UK, Europe and Asia Pacific.