CAR Publications


The Center for Automotive Research is involved in the research of significant issues that relate to the future direction of the global automotive industry. As a nonprofit research organization, and in cooperation with study funders, most CAR research is released publicly through this website.

Recent CAR Research Publications

An Assessment of Powertrain Technology Costs Associated with Meeting CAFE and GHG Standards

This report aggregates powertrain technology cost and efficiency data from nine global vehicle manufacturers. The goal was to assess the cost and effectiveness of powertrain technologies that may be used to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel economy standards.

Authors: Brett Smith

Produced by: Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology Group
Date: September, 2016

Building Capacity and Capability in the Bio-based Materials Manufacturing Sector

This research, part of the Make it in America Challenge, explores pathways toward building capacity and capability in automotive use of manufactured biomaterials.

Authors: Valerie Sathe Brugeman, and Joshua Cregger

Date: September, 2016

Assessing the Fleet-wide Material Technology and Costs to Lightweight Vehicles

This study provides insight to the technology and cost to reduce vehicle weight for the U.S. fleet of light-duty vehicles.

Authors: Jay Baron, Ph.D., and Shashank Modi

Produced by: Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology Group
Date: September, 2016

The Potential Effects of the 2017-2025 EPA/NHTSA GHG/Fuel Economy Mandates on the U.S. Economy

This study constitutes an economic cost benefit analysis of the national standards for light duty vehicle fuel economy (FE) and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) set by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the years 2017-2025.

Authors: Sean McAlinden, Ph.D., Yen Chen, Michael Schultz, and David Andrea

Produced by: Industry & Labor Group, and Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology Group
Date: September, 2016

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. 

Authors: Bernard Swiecki, and Debra Menk

Produced by: Industry & Labor Group
Date: August, 2016

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