Mexican Auto Assembly Capacity to Double Between 2010 and 2020.

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2016 Management Briefing Seminars

CAR MBS delivers thought-provoking sessions which provide a vision of where the global automotive industry is headed. - See more at:

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Fuel Economy and Policy - The Debate Begins

With the expected release of the Technical Assessment Report (TAR) by the EPA in July, federal regulators will define their vision for the powertrain and mass reduction technology strategies required to achieve 2025 CAFE and fuel economy targets.More »


The Effects of New Mobility Services on the Automotive Industry

Shared mobility services and autonomous vehicles are a changing force in the automotive industry, but their disruptive nature should not be overestimated in the short term. More »


The Impact of New Mobility Services on the Auto Industry

The rise of new mobility services (NMS) is part of a bigger and long-term gradual evolution of transportation preferences toward on-demand shared mobility in a multimodal system.  CAR researchers have conducted an investigation with a focus on how these services are likely to impact the automotive industry.  The report describes these transportation solutions enabled by emerging technologies and wireless connectivity as allowing for more convenient, efficient, and flexible travel, and examines impacts such as changing travel behavior and analyzes the effect on the traditional automotive industry. Read More >

The Growing Role of Mexico in the North American Automotive Industry - Trends, Drivers and Forecasts

Mexican auto assembly capacity is projected to more than double between 2010 and 2020.  This rapid growth is fuel by the investment infusion of $13.3 billion to move 3.3 million units of vehicle capacity from Japan, Germany, and South Korea to Mexico.  This report highlights North American vehicle production trends, and demonstrates that while automakers and suppliers are attracted by Mexico’s low labor rates, there are many other factors behind Mexico’s North American automotive industry growth. Read More >

Mixed Materials Solutions: Alternative Materials for Door Assemblies

Collaboration demonstrates up to 65% weight savings compared to baseline design. The Coalition for Automotive Lightweighting Materials (CALM) reports on a co-development demonstration project focused on mixed-material lightweighting solutions.  Collaborative contributions of more than twenty supplier companies offer a dozen integrated solutions deploying a mix of materials and technologies allowing weight reduction compared to a baseline design. Read More >

Potential Cost Savings and Additional Benefits of Convergence of Safety Regulations between the United States and the European Union

This report examines the costs of divergent safety regulations in the United States and the European Union and highlights the economic impacts of having two different regulatory regimes. The report also compares mutual recognition and harmonization as the two most likely approaches for increasing regulatory consistency and, ultimately, achieving cost savings and potential additional vehicle sales. Read More >

Global Harmonization of Connected Vehicle Communication Standards

This report examines international efforts to develop “harmonized” connected vehicle standards that would enable automakers, governments, and technology developers to, at a minimum, adopt analogous conceptual and technological frameworks across markets.



The calibration and validation of travel demand modeling requires the use of extensive datasets that describe the travel characteristics of people in the modeling area. This study investigates the potential use of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) data for both statewide and regional-level modeling. - See more at:


New-car dealerships are found in nearly every community across the country, and are well-known for supporting their local areas through funding for children’s sporting events, local charities, and even assisting with the sale of Girl Scout cookies. Though some may overlook the largeness and importance of this industry, auto dealerships employ more than one million people directly and support over 1.18 million private sector jobs nationwide. These jobs result in more than $143 billion in compensation each year and nearly $19.3 billion in personal tax revenues. This publication highlights the factors that demonstrate the importance of U.S. automotive dealerships and their standing in the national economy, along with an estimate of the industry’s employment and economic contribution to the economies of the 50 states. - See more at:


2016 CAR Management Briefing Seminars

August 1-4, 2016

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's CAR MBS.

Presentations are now available HERE.

For more information, visit the MBS home page.

We look forward to seeing you again next year.

2017 CAR Management Briefing Seminars
July 31 - August 3, 2017
Grand Traverse Resort

Coalition for Automotive Lightweighting Materials (CALM) Q3 Meeting
September 28, 2016

Fall Industry Briefing & Affiliates Dinner
October 20, 2016

You can find our full event calendar HERE>

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The Center for Automotive Research’s  mission is to educate, inform and advise stakeholders, policy makers, and the general public on critical issues facing the automotive industry, and the industry’s impact on the U.S. economy and society. CAR produces industry-driven research and analyses; develops forecasts; fosters dialogue and convenes forums; and publicly disseminates our research through conferences, events, and the media.