Center for Automotive Research

Recognized for leading- edge research that impacts the future of the global automotive industry. CAR forecasts industry trends, advises on public policy, and sponsors multi- stakeholder communication forums.

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The Automotive Communities Partnership (ACP) is a unique program that brings together community leaders, industry leaders, and other stakeholders with the goal of sustaining and growing the upper-midwest region’s automotive endowment. More »

2014 CAR Management Briefing Seminars

The tradition of delivering informative sessions with enlightening presentations and discussions continued this year with nearly 1,000 attendees. Don’t miss out on next year's “must attend” event.  Join us in Traverse City, August 3-6, 2015!

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Join more than 70 CAR Affiliate organizations

Affiliates access CAR’s research staff, preview and participate in CAR research, and enjoy networking opportunities with other thought leaders. Affiliates’ support of CAR research enables us to respond quickly to inquiries from policy makers, industry and media. More »

CAR Research

A key component of CAR’s mission is to produce timely and relevant research on the future of the automotive industry—one of the world’s most complex businesses. Our research results inform public- and private-sector decision-makers and foster communication across the industry. More »

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Coalition for Automotive Lightweighting Materials (CALM)

The CALM working group mission supports the cost-effective integration of mixed materials to achieve mass reduction and fosters collaboration between manufacturers and suppliers to accelerate the introduction of lightweighting technologies. More »

Coalition for Automotive Lightweighting Materials (CALM)


Accelerating the Growth of the U.S. Automotive Manufacturing Industry at Home, Rather than Abroad

This report examines the critical success factors necessary for continued global automotive investment growth within the southern U.S. automotive manufacturing region. Read More>

ITS Data Ethics in the Public Sector

This report provides ethical decision-support for transportation professionals involved with Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) data. Read More>

The Impact of Federal Regulations on Franchised Automobile Dealers

This study examined only the costs incurred by U.S. light vehicle dealerships to comply with a group of roughly 60 federal regulations. Read More>

CAR Research Memorandum: The Effect on the U.S. Economy of the Successful Restructuring of General Motors - An Update

This updated memorandum incorporates the U.S. Treasury's estimates of the cost of assisting General Motors and Chrysler. Read More>

Advanced Information Technology Solutions: An Engine of Innovation

This whitepaper was developed to identify key market drivers that influence the use of enterprise information technology solutions within the automotive industry. Read More>

Economic Contribution of General Motors' Orion Assembly, Pontiac Metal Stamping, and Spring Hill Assembly Manufacturing Plants

This memorandum is part one of a two-part analysis of the economic contribution of General Motors in the United States and the ten U.S. states in which the company manufactures vehicles, parts, and components. Read More>



Michigan Connected and Automated Vehicle Working Group
January 21,2015

The winter 2015 meeting of the Michigan Connected and Automated Vehicle Working Group will be held at the SoarTech facilities in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on January 21 from 1-4 p.m. CAR coordinates these meetings on behalf of the Michigan Department of Transportation. Meetings are open to the public - Please RSVP to Joshua Cregger.  For more information, click here

Download a meeting agenda here.

CAR Breakfast Briefing
Bio-based Materials: Ready for Mainstream?
VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College
December 4, 2014

This Breakfast Briefing brought together leading experts to discuss their perspectives on the market growth potential for bio-based materials and how that potential can be realized.

Presentations approved for release can be viewed here.

2014 CAR Management Briefing Seminars
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Traverse City, MI
August 4–7, 2014

The 2014 CAR MBS was an outstanding event, with nearly 1,000 people in attendance, thought-provoking presentations and discussion, interesting technology exhibits, great networking, and Pure Michigan weather. Presentations approved for download are available here.

We look forward to seeing you at the 50th annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars, August 3-6, 2015 and welcome your suggestions on how we can enhance the conference in 2015. Please email your suggestions to Y2FyZXZlbnRzQGNhcmdyb3VwLm9yZw==.

About CAR

The Center for Automotive Research, a nonprofit organization, is focused on a wide variety of important trends and changes related to the automobile industry and society at the international, federal, state and local levels. CAR conducts industry research, develops new methodologies, forecasts industry trends, advises on public policy, and sponsors multi-stakeholder communication forums.