Mixed Material Joining – Advancements and Challenges

The global emphasis on reducing carbon emission is pushing automakers to improve the fuel economy of their vehicle fleet. Vehicle performance (acceleration, road noise, vibrations, steering response, et cetera) and comfort features which also need to be improved every...

New Materials/New Skills for Automotive Skilled Trades

CAR has completed research on the impact of new materials on skilled trades training and apprenticeship needs.  Designing, analyzing, and building automotive tools, dies, molds, jigs, and fixtures to form the wide array of new and advanced materials being deployed in...

Material Qualification in the Automotive Industry

The recent emphasis on fuel economy is expected to accelerate the evolutionary rate of introducing lightweight materials. CAR’s Coalition for Automotive Lightweighting Materials (CALM) group identified material qualification as one of the major barriers to faster...

Mixed Materials Solutions: Alternative Materials for Door Assemblies

The Coalition for Automotive Lightweighting Materials (CALM) has undertaken a co-development demonstration project focused on mixed-material solutions for a high volume vehicle door. The co-development, or door project, as it came to be known, maintained its own...

Assessing the Cost & Benefit of Effective Lightweighting Technologies

This report examines why lightweighting may be a viable solution and examines the cost of lightweight automotive closures. This research analyzes the direct manufacturing cost by modeling the manufacturing processes of the door-in-white subsystem, including the inner...