Opinion: Year of reckoning for autos in 2019

Opinion: Year of reckoning for autos in 2019

U.S. light vehicle sales ended 2018 on a surprisingly strong note, and the 2019 outlook is mostly positive for the industry. Most forecasters expect companies to continue to post healthy profits and for U.S. sales and production to remain high, though down a few...
Opening Remarks at the 2018 China-U.S. Automotive Industry Summit

Opening Remarks at the 2018 China-U.S. Automotive Industry Summit

CAR’s Carla Bailo gave opening remarks at the 2018 China-U.S. Automotive Industry Summit held in Beijing this week. She highlighted the importance of U.S.-China automotive relations & the close relations between the Michigan-China auto industries. More Info:...
CAR President and CEO Selected for Women’s Leadership Award

CAR President and CEO Selected for Women’s Leadership Award

Carla Bailo is one of 19 local women slated to be honored during the Michigan Women’s History Month Leadership in Action Awards on Thursday, March 15, 2018. February 2018 – Carla Bailo, President, and CEO at The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor, MI,...
How to tell if a car or truck is “American”

How to tell if a car or truck is “American”

While simple in concept, the question of whether a given vehicle is a domestic product, or just how American a car is, turns out to be very difficult to answer. Is a vehicle domestic or American if: the original nationality of its brand or the location of its ultimate...
An Uncertain Electrification Tipping Point

An Uncertain Electrification Tipping Point

While the U.S. political scene is in a time of transition, the automotive industry remains challenged to meet future fuel economy standards.  The 2016 CAR study “An Assessment of Powertrain Technology Costs Associated with Meeting CAFE and GHG Standards” investigated...
The move to assemble vehicles in Mexico is about more than low wages

The move to assemble vehicles in Mexico is about more than low wages

Total per Vehicle Cost Advantages of Producing a Vehicle in Mexico for U.S. or European Markets Mexican automotive production has been a topic of recent debate. Since 2009, automakers—including BMW, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, and VW/Audi—have announced...