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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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Assessment of Cost Associated with the Implementation of the Federal Trade Commission Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (RIN 2022-14214), CFR Part 463 – Addendum

In May of 2023, the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) produced an assessment of costs associated with the implementation of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) notice of proposed rulemaking Motor Vehicle Dealers Trade Regulation Rule (16 C.F.R. § 463) (“Proposed Rule”), called the Assessment of Costs Associated with the Implementation…

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The Ramifications of the UAW’s Victory at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee Assembly Plant

The Ramifications of the UAW’s Victory at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee Assembly Plant White Paper This white paper examines the implications of the UAW’s historic unionization vote at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: How the UAW victory could reshape the landscape of auto manufacturing. Key challenges…

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UAW’s Next Frontier: Mercedes-Benz in Alabama – White Paper

UAW’s Next Frontier: Mercedes-Benz in Alabama White Paper This white paper examines the upcoming unionization vote at the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, scheduled for May 13-17, 2024. The paper explores the significance of this vote for both the United Auto Workers (UAW) and Mercedes-Benz, considering the…

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Partner Whitepaper: Automotive Digital Transformation in Uncertain Times 

Partner Whitepaper: Automotive Digital Transformation in Uncertain Times  The automotive industry is experiencing a profound CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared, and Electrified) driven transformation, leading to changes in virtually every aspect of the business. In addition to this CASE-related disruption, several macro factors add to the overall uncertainty, requiring a rethinking…

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Impact of 2023 UAW-Detroit Three National Contracts on the U.S. Auto Industry Whitepaper

Impact of 2023 UAW-Detroit Three National Contracts on the U.S. Auto Industry  Whitepaper On October 30, 2023, General Motors (GM) and the United Auto Workers (UAW) reached a tentative agreement, bringing an end to the longest UAW strike against an automaker since 1998. Lasting 46 days from September 15 to…

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The Electric Vehicle Battery and Circular Economy Observations

The Electric Vehicle Battery and Circular Economy Observations Recycling, Jobs, R&D & Scope 3 Carbon Emissions The concept of a circular economy for Lithium-Ion batteries (LiBs), along with its drivers, barriers and enablers has been studied recently (NREL 2021) with a view to inform public policy at the federal, state,…

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Analog AM Band Interference in Electric Vehicles

There is an effort in the US Congress to require automakers to maintain AM radio in all vehicles, including new electric vehicles (EVs). However, the nature of EVs and their operating conditions, including acceleration and deceleration, pose a challenge to ensuring electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) with the analog AM band radio….

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Economic Contribution Study of Hyundai Motor America’s U.S. Operations

The purpose of this study is to estimate Hyundai Motor America’s (HMA’s) and its independent dealer network’s employment and economic contribution to the United States and the economies of the seven states in which HMA and HMA dealer networks have significant automotive footprints. This study also estimates the economic contribution…

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Escalating Need for Auto Supply Chain Action to Align with Paris and Limit Warming to 1.5*C

While sustainability in the automotive industry is not new, it is becoming an increasingly vital part of doing business for many. In recent years, the industry has been coping with supply chain disruptions resulting from the pandemic and ongoing parts and semiconductor shortages. However, amid these enduring challenges, sustainability has…

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Assessment of Costs Associated with the Implementation of the Federal Trade Commission Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (RIN 2022-14214), CFR Part 463

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a proposed Motor Vehicle Dealers Trade Regulation Rule (16 C.F.R. § 463) (“Trade Rule”) on July 13, 2022. In the Trade Rule, the FTC solicited “comments from the public to improve [benefit or cost] estimates before the promulgation of any final Rule.” In response…

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