Feature Stories

Roadmap for Automotive Technology Advancement

Technology advances are propelling the automotive sector into a period of high innovative activity and tremendous business changes. CAR has captured the scope of new technology advances through the creation of technology roadmaps across three key areas: Intelligent...

Addressing Today’s Automotive Manufacturing Challenges

Storm clouds on the horizon - there is much work to be done… Automakers today face significant challenges ahead including a diminished lack of skilled trades workers, lower supporting shop capacities, and a lengthy gap without new apprentices.  These issues threaten...

CAVs and Communities: What Community Leaders Need to Know

Connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies have the potential to improve safety, traffic congestion, and fundamentally change mobility around the world. These technologies allow vehicles to sense their surroundings and communicate with each other and the...

The Looming Crisis in Manufacturing

Skilled trades workers in the automotive industry build and maintain the machinery and equipment necessary to manufacture automotive parts and components, assemblies, and vehicles. Tool, die, mold, jig, and fixture (“tool and die”) workers make up a critical segment...

Border Adjustment Tax: Estimated Impact on U.S. Vehicle Prices

Overview This analysis highlights the immediate impacts of implementing a border adjustment tax on U.S. vehicle prices. The border adjustment mechanism is being considered as an integral part of the major corporate tax reforms that are expected to be introduced in the...

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

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

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...

Summary of NHTSA Proposal to Mandate V2V Communications

Review of NHTSA Proposal to Mandate V2V Communication for Safety   In December of 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. DOT released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding an addition to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety...