Affiliates Program

The Affiliates Program supports CAR’s strong relationship with key industry stakeholders in the automotive community that results in industry-driven research and analyses; forecasting; the fostering of dialogue and the convening of forums as an independent, non-profit, research organization with a multi-disciplinary approach.

Key benefits include:

  • Access to CAR Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for industry questions. Examples include:
    • Asking CAR staff to peer review your research
    • Asking CAR staff to meet in a strategy meeting
    • Asking CAR staff your research question
    • Asking CAR staff for research references
  • Invitation to CAR Affiliate roundtables and industry briefings
    • Participate in CAR virtual (and in-person when possible) roundtable meetings. Topics including, but not limited to, cybersecurity, design optimization, CAV regulations, artificial intelligence, industry 4.0, and 3D printing.
    • Attend Affiliates industry briefings and networking dinners
  • Unlimited discounted rate registrations at CAR events – including the CAR Management Briefing Seminars
  • CAR Affiliates Webinars – Work with CAR staff to produce a CAR Webinar led by your organization on a topic of importance to the industry. CAR will produce and market the webinar to our audience. Average an audience of about 200 participants.
  • CAR research staff presentations – You can request that CAR SMEs present either live or via WebEx to your organization or membership
  • Access to exclusive Affiliates content – Affiliates Industry Briefing & Networking Dinners and forecasts, the CAR Book of Deals, webinars, and a new Mobility Web tracking the industry partnerships & business models taking place in the Connected and Automated Vehicle space.
  • Contribute to fundamental industry research projects – Make contributions through interviews, surveys, and other research interactions with the CAR research Team
  • Advisory Role – Affiliates often preview CAR research on key industry issues and participate in giving valuable feedback.
  • Resources – Slides, graphs, and CAR presentations
  • An independent unbiased source of support in responding to industry matters

Affiliate Working Groups:

Advanced Propulsion Roundtable

Propulsion technology and regulation are rapidly evolving—yet propulsion suppliers do not necessarily have the resources to adequately monitor this changing landscape. CAR facilitates an open discussion via regular roundtable meetings of our propulsion working group focused on non-proprietary and non-competitive topics.


Coalition for Automotive Lightweighting Materials

The Coalition for Automotive Lightweighting Materials (CALM) is a collaboration of over 20 industry-leading organizations working to support the cost-effective integration of environmentally sustainable mixed materials to achieve significant reductions in mass through joint efforts of material sectors and auto manufacturers.


2021 Affiliates Program Schedule


Affiliates Dinners & Briefings

  • Virtual Spring Industry Briefing with Breakout Room Discussion – May
  • Fall Affiliates Outlook and Forecast Meeting – September

Webinar Topics in 2021

Coalition for Automotive Lightweighting (CALM) Meetings

  • Q1 – March
  • Q2 – May
  • Q3 – September
  • Q4 – November

Past Affiliate Webinars

  • A Simulation-driven Approach to Accelerating e-Mobility Development – May 2020 – Watch Recording
    • Moderated by: Brett Smith, Director, Technology, CAR
    • Lars Fredriksson, Business VP – Simulation Driven Innovation, Altair Engineering and Jean Michel Terrier, Vice President – RADIOSS Business and R&D, Altair Engineering
  • How Data Will Help Your Business Come Back Online in the Wake of COVID-19 – April 2020 –  Watch Recording
    • Moderated by: Carla Bailo, President and CEO, CAR
    • Speakers: William Newman, Industry Executive Advisor, SAP, David Mingle, Global Industry Leader for Automotive, Qualtrics, and Troy Lau, Group Leader and Distinguished Engineer: Machine Intelligence, Draper
  • The Playbook for Restarting Production – April, 2020 – Watch Recording
    • Moderated by: Kristin Dziczek, Vice President, Research, CAR
    • Speakers: Aaron McCarthy, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Magna International Inc. and Jim Tobin, Chief Marketing Officer and President, Magna Asia
  • Implications of the 2019 UAW-Detroit Three Contract Negotiations – January, 2020 – Watch Recording
    • Moderated by: Brent Snavely, Director, Lambert & Co
    • Speakers: Kristin Dziczek, Vice President, Research, CAR, Arthur R. Schwartz, Former General Director of Labor Relations, General Motors & President, Labor and Economics Associates, Inc., and Martin Mulloy, Former Vice President of Labor Affairs, Ford, and President, Mulloy Consulting
  • Coronavirus Update: Disruption and the Impact to the Auto Industry – March 2020 – Watch Recording
    • Moderated by: Kristin Dziczek, Vice President, Research, CAR
    • Speakers: Michael Dunne, CEO, ZoZo Go and Paul Stepanek, Founder and CEO of Complete Manufacturing and Distribution
  • Webinar Episode 1: The View from Washington D.C. – March 24 – Watch Recording
    • Moderated by: Kristin Dziczek, Vice President, Research, CAR
    • Speaker: John Bozzella, President and CEO, Auto Innovators
  • Structural Bonding for Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicles – April, 2019 – Watch Recording
    • Moderated by: Shashank Modi, Research Engineer, CAR
    • Speakers: Arthur Cawley, Senior TS&D Specialist, DowDuPont Specialty Products, Dalton Conlon, Applications Engineer – Powertrain & e-mobility, Henkel Corporation, and Brooke Virost, E-Mobility Business Development Manager, Henkel Corporation

View all CAR webinars here

Automotive Manufacturers Affiliates

Case Studies:

Faurecia leverages CAR’s Affiliates Program to Inform Development of Autonomous Vehicle Business Group

Michelin utilizes CAR’s Affiliates Program in Long Term Strategic Planning

CAR’s Affiliates Program helps Mitsubishi to Convene Supplier Roundtable Panel of Experts for Insight Planning

ZF uses CAR’s Affiliates Program in Discussion of Connected & Automated Vehicles

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Want to learn more about becoming a CAR Affiliate? Contact Shaun Whitehouse today.