CAR 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.

Recent CAR Research Publications

NAFTA Briefing: Trade benefits to the automotive industry and potential consequences of withdrawal from the agreement

This briefing outlines the benefits of NAFTA to the automotive industry, consumers, and the economy as a whole, as well as the potential consequences of unilateral withdraw by the U.S.

Authors: Kristin Dziczek, Bernard Swiecki, Yen Chen, Valerie Sathe Brugeman, Michael Schultz, and David Andrea

Produced by: Industry & Labor Group

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.

Authors: Kristin Dziczek, Yen Chen, Bernard Swiecki, Michael Schultz, and Debra Menk

Date: December, 2016

Material Qualification in the Automotive Industry

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

Authors: Shashank Modi

Produced by: Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology Group
Date: November, 2016

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.

Authors: Kristin Dziczek, Brett Smith, Yen Chen, Michael Schultz, and David Andrea

Produced by: Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology Group, and Economic Development and Strategies Group
Date: October, 2016

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.

Authors: Jay Baron, Ph.D., and Shashank Modi

Produced by: Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology Group
Date: September, 2016

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