Technology Roadmap: Materials and Manufacturing

This report forecasts materials and manufacturing trends based on the CAR team’s research findings as well as input from subject matter experts. The results show that several factors can affect the industry’s progress on material technology in the coming decades,...

Roof Lightweighting Study

The CALM team selected the roof structure for a lightweighting study to highlight the possibilities of mixed-material for mass reduction. Three lightweighting concepts were compared to the 2011 Honda Accord roof in mild steel as the baseline. With the latest...

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...