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

Material Qualification in the Automotive Industry

This whitepaper explains the material qualification process in the automotive industry and explores opportunities for process improvements.

Authors: Shashank Modi

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

The Economic Implications of Potential NHTSA and EPA Regulatory Revisions on U.S. Light Truck Sales and Manufacturing

This report estimates the economic and financial contributions of U.S. light truck sales and production, and discusses the regulatory challenges facing the 11 manufacturers who produce light trucks in the United States.

Authors: Kristin Dziczek, Brett Smith, Yen Chen, Michael Schultz, and David Andrea

Produced by: Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology Group, and Economic Development and Strategies Group
Date: October, 2016

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

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