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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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Contribution of Toyota Motor North America to the Economies of Nineteen States and the United States in 2015

This study estimates the employment and economic contribution of Toyota Motor North America’s operations and activities. The analysis includes detailed economic contribution results including employment, pay, and tax contributions to the overall U.S. economy, as well as the economies of 19 individual states.

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Material Qualification in the Automotive Industry

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Potential Effects of the 2017-2025 EPA/NHTSA GHG/Fuel Economy Mandates on the U.S. Economy

This study constitutes an economic cost benefit analysis of the national standards for light duty vehicle fuel economy (FE) and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) set by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the years 2017-2025.

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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

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The Growing Role of Mexico in the North American Automotive Industry – Trends, Drivers and Forecasts

Mexican auto assembly capacity is projected to more than double between 2010 and 2020. This rapid growth is fuel by the investment infusion of $13.3 billion to move 3.3 million units of vehicle capacity from Japan, Germany, and South Korea to Mexico. This report highlights North American vehicle production trends,…

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Mixed Materials Solutions: Alternative Materials for Door Assemblies

Collaboration demonstrates up to 65% weight savings compared to baseline design. The Coalition for Automotive Lightweighting Materials (CALM) reports on a co-development demonstration project focused on mixed-material lightweighting solutions. Collaborative contributions of more than twenty supplier companies offer a dozen integrated solutions deploying a mix of materials and technologies allowing…

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The Impact of New Mobility Services on the Automotive Industry

The rise of new mobility services (NMS) is part of a bigger and long-term gradual evolution of transportation preferences toward on-demand shared mobility in a multimodal system. CAR researchers have conducted an investigation with a focus on how these services are likely to impact the automotive industry. The report describes…

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