Publications

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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Vehicle Mass Reduction Roadmap Study 2025-2035

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Assessment of Technologies for Improving Fuel Economy of Light-Duty Vehicles, Phase 3 was tasked by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with providing estimates of the potential cost, fuel economy improvements, and barriers to deployment of technologies for…

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The State of Industry X in Automotive

With the support of a unique and powerful consortium of technology companies, the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) investigated the state of Industry X in automotive. Although the research included mostly North American participants, and thus presents a North American perspective, the participating companies are global. Industry X acknowledges that…

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Supplier Strategy Reset

Given the unprecedented market and disruption impacting the automotive ecosystem — the industry is at the critical crossroads of increasing levels of vehicle propulsion, automated vehicle content, and navigating the negative impacts of COVID-19-driven volume reductions. Specifically, the importance of understanding the dynamics surrounding the growth of propulsion electrification, the…

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The Future of Mobility

Unavailable for public download. For more information on how to put CAR to work for you on a proprietary research project, contact Shaun Whitehouse at [email protected]

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Mobility Database

Unavailable for public download. For more information on how to put CAR to work for you on a proprietary research project, contact Shaun Whitehouse at [email protected]

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An Assessment of Japanese Automakers’ Impact & Activity in the United States

A new study from the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) finds that Japanese automakers are a crucial part of not only the U.S. automotive industry but also the country as a whole. Their history in the United States consists of decades of investments in vehicle and major parts production operations…

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COVID – 19 Stimulus Impacts

Unavailable for public download. For more information on how to put CAR to work for you on a proprietary research project, contact Shaun Whitehouse at [email protected]

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Supplier Health Assessment

Unavailable for public download. For more information on how to put CAR to work for you on a proprietary research project, contact Shaun Whitehouse at [email protected]

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Roof Lightweighting Study

Vehicle mass reduction or “lightweighting” has been deemed very important by automakers because of many benefits including performance and fuel economy. The arrival of automated, connected, electrified, and shared (ACES) technology will make lightweighting more important in the future because of added weight and range anxiety in battery electric vehicles…

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Evaluating Innovative Dissimilar Material Joining Technologies

Due to the need to reduce overall vehicle mass, vehicle manufacturers are turning to a multi-material approach to vehicle construction more extensively than has been historically the case. However, because of the differences in the chemical and physical properties of these materials, joining is not as straightforward as, say, welding…

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