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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.

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Collaboration in the Automotive Supply Chain – Realizing the Full Potential of a Powerful Tool

The automotive industry has undergone a transformational evolution over the last two decades. Compared to just 20 years ago, the industry is now building different, more complex products and using changing corporate structure to deliver more content to consumers while actually decreasing prices. The increases in efficiency necessary to accomplish…

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The Specialty Equipment Automotive Company of the Future: Guideposts for Strategic Planning

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) have engaged in a multi-phased project to create business strategy guideposts for SEMA members. The first report in the program—The Specialty Equipment Company of the Future: Guideposts for Technology Forecasting and Strategic Planning—identifies strategic challenges for SEMA…

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Team Michigan: Connecting Vehicles and Partners

This paper provides a overview of Michigan’s unique approach to moving ahead on the vision of technical and relationship integration and on building a connected vehicle system that meetsshared public and private objectives

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Contribution of a Vehicle Infrastructure Integration System to the Economy of Michigan: Economic and Industrial Impacts Update and Benefit-Cost Analysis

Vehicle infrastructure integration (VII) consists of applying both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to the tasks of improving safety, enhancing mobility and improving quality of life.

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The Strategic Value of Information in the RFQ Response Process

The gestation of a new component made by an automotive supplier typically begins with a Request For Quotation (RFQ) being issued by the supplier’s customer, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). The supplier typically has about two weeks to submit its response.

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Innovate or Die

The new business forces acting on the industry are challenging traditional beliefs, and only those capable of adaption will survive.

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Vehicle Technology Trends in Electronics for the North American Market; Opportunities for the Taiwanese Automotive Industry

The purpose of this study is to conduct a preliminary investigation into the future business potential for automotive electronics, particularly for general Taiwanese companies. Although many Taiwanese companies are targeting China as a growth opportunity, our preliminary investigation was based on North America with the understanding that a more targeted…

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Copper in End-of-Life Vehicle Recycling

The following report describes the current state of the art in vehicle recycling by focusing on operations that affect the recycling of copper. For this purpose, selected dismantlers and shredding companies were visited and representatives from industry organizations were interviewed. Selected OEMs have also been interviewed to better understand the…

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Key Factors that Enable Product Development: An Investigation of Creating “Cool” Products

The Center for Automotive Research has undertaken the CAR-Microsoft Program on Automotive Industry Practices. The program is a four-year research effort consisting of indepth, focused interviews with industry participants on subjects of importance to all industry stakeholders. The intent of this paper is to investigate how different companies have adapted…

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Low-Volume Vehicle Production

Many auto companies are targeting low-volume vehicles as a means to increase market share and, in some cases, to establish a “halo effect” with niche products. Engineering and production resource availability, and manufacturing cost are two critical constraints present in low-volume products. Sponsored by: American Plastics Council; ASC, Inc.; Dana…

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