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CAR Study: Autonomous Revolution Coming Slower than Expected

Public's interest in EVs is much strong than self-driving cars.

by on Feb.26, 2018

A new study from the Center for Automotive Research shows that consumers are more interested in EVs that self-driving cars.

Despite all the new truck, sport utility vehicle and crossover vehicles launched at last month’s North American International Auto Show, presentations from carmakers also focused on the future of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies, new mobility service models, and advanced powertrain solutions, according to a new study from the Center for Automotive Research noted.

“Automakers are making big bets and hope they will pay off. Ford Chairman Bill Ford summed up the divide when he announced his company’s $11 billion investment in EVs in January 2018, “… we’re all in now. The only question is will the customers be there with us, and we think they will,” noted the CAR study, which was released last week at a meeting to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit.

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Meanwhile the U.S. automotive industry is in the midst of a critical period. Light vehicle sales are plateauing at a very high level and include a rich mix of pickups, SUVs and CUVs that are producing record profits. (more…)

Autonomous Cars Will Have Same Impact as Smart Phones, Experts Claim

AI will make an enormous difference in future cars.

by on Feb.16, 2018

Autonomous vehicles are going to impact society as much as smart phones and the Internet, some experts say.

Autonomous vehicles will re-shape the world as decisively or even more decisively than the Internet or smart phones, one of the automotive industry’s top authorities on artificial intelligence told a panel sponsored by the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Center for Automotive Research.

David Atkinson, head, Systems & Technology and Chief Research Scientist for Artificial Intelligence Silicon Valley Research & Development Center Continental AG, noted he spent most of his career, which stretches back into the 1980s working on variety of projects for the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Atkinson said he took a job with Continental to work on the artificial intelligence applications that are critical to the development of autonomous vehicles. (more…)

New Report Details Impact of US Automakers on Economy

U.S.-based automakers dominate other industries.

by on Oct.05, 2017

U.S. automakers pump more into the U.S. economy than their foreign competitors combined.

FCA US, Ford, and General Motors produce more of their vehicles, buy more of their parts, and conduct more of their R&D in the U.S. than their competitors, according to a new report from the American Automotive Policy Council Inc.

“As a result, they employ nearly two out of three of America’s autoworkers and operate three out of five of America’s auto assembly plants,” the report’s executive summary stated. “Automakers and their suppliers are America’s largest manufacturing sector, responsible for 3% of America’s GDP or gross domestic product.”

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No other manufacturing sector generates as many American jobs, the report by the Washington, D.C. association that represents the common public policy interests of domestic carmakers added. (more…)

Auto Industry Issues Will be High on Next President’s Agenda

Challenges face whomever lands in the White House.

by on Nov.08, 2016

Whether it's Trump or Clinton in the White House, the next president will face some tough decisions related to the auto industry.

With the polls narrowing, it could be a nail-biter on par with the World Series finale in determining who will be America’s next president. But whoever winds up in the Oval Office next January will be facing a wide array of challenges, many of which will significantly impact the U.S. auto industry.

Few industries are more tightly regulated. And even governments actions not directly involving issues like emissions, safety and fuel economy could have a broad impact. That’s all the more the case considering that, in the words of General Motors CEO Mary Barra, the auto industry is facing “more change in the next five to 10 years than it has in the last 50.”

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The auto industry has found itself in the crosshairs on several occasions, most notably with Ford Motor Co. taking heat from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for its plan to move all of its small car production to Mexico. So, NAFTA and the Trans Pacific Trade Partnership will be on the next president’s desk, along with issues like fuel economy, and global warming. (more…)

GM Teams up with Stanford Auto Research Center

Goal is to “cultivate creative technology solutions.”

by on May.21, 2013

GM product czar Mary Barra is herself a Stanford grad.

General Motors is teaming up with Stanford University’s Center for Automotive Research in Palo Alto, California – the Detroit maker’s latest step in building up its high-tech research and development capabilities in Silicon Valley.

The announcement comes just days after Mercedes-Benz served as the lead automotive partner at the annual Google I/O developers conference and underscores the increasing emphasis the auto industry is placing on digital technology.

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GM opened a research center in Palo Alto in 2006. A half dozen other automakers, including Mercedes’ parent Daimler AG, BMW, Volkswagen, Ford Motor Co., Renault/Nissan and Toyota, have established research centers in Silicon Valley, while Tesla Motors is based in Palo Alto and runs an assembly plant in Freemont. Google, which is based in nearby Mountain View, has meanwhile become a force in the auto industry and could play an even bigger role in the future thanks to its push to develop autonomous vehicles.

Mary Barra, GM senior vice president of Global Product Development, says the maker decided to team up with Stanford “to mine the best and brightest ideas and recruit top students studying toward careers in science, technology, engineering and math.”

One of the biggest problems the auto industry – and Detroit makers in particular – has is attracting top high-tech engineers who are often lured to more sexy jobs in the digital industry.

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“Joining the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford is a natural fit for GM,” Barra said. “In order to create the world’s best vehicles, we make every effort to remain on the cutting edge of automotive development. Our membership in CARS will allow us both to expand and share our knowledge with students, faculty and industry partners as we work together to move the industry forward.”

The Center for Automotive Research at Stanford bills itself as a community of faculty and students from a range of disciplines aimed at discovering, building, and deploying critical ideas and innovations for the next generation of cars and drivers. It provides shared resources for research, teaching, student project teams and new educational initiatives across many research centers, including the law and business schools.

“GM is dedicated to helping develop the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals and advancing the industry,” Barra said. “The Center for Automotive Research at Stanford offers us not only the chance to contribute to the education of future leaders, but also cultivate new and creative vehicle technology solutions.”

Barra is one of several senior GM executives – a list also including Susan Docherty, head of Chevrolet in Europe — to have earned a degree from Stanford, which also is one of GM’s key engineering and business recruitment institutions.

Auto Industry Generating $135 bil in Annual Taxes

“A massive economic driver.”

by on Apr.11, 2012

It's that time of year, again.

Before fretting over the check you might have to write Uncle Sam in the coming days consider the hefty tax payout the auto industry makes each year – about $135 billion annually, according to a new study by the Center for Automotive Research.

In fact, the industry generates about 13% of all state tax revenues, according to the CAR study which was commissioned by the trade group the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, or AAM.

If anything, “As economic conditions continue to improve, auto companies could see an increase in sales and employment that would generate additional state and federal tax revenues,” said Kim Hill, director of the Sustainability and Economic Development Strategies group at CAR and the study’s lead researcher.

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About $43 billion of those taxes go to the U.S. Treasury — $14 billion in the form of income taxes and another $29 billion from federal motor fuel taxes.

The study found that $91.5 billion went into various state coffers, equaling about 13% of what the 50 states take in from taxes.  Of that, $30 billion comes from taxes and fees on the sale and service of automobiles – half of that from new vehicle sales.  The rest, more than $60 billion, is generated from state fuel taxes, licensing and registration fees, according to CAR.


Analysts: Expect Moderate Auto Sales Growth

Economic woes continue to keep shoppers from buying new cars.

by on Mar.30, 2011

CAR's Sean McAlinden, left, and Canadian auto analyst Dennis DesRosiers answer questions about the state of the U.S. auto industry.

While some still hold out for huge buildup in auto sales, a pair of analysts said they believe the recovery will be moderate and steady through most of the current decade.

Speaking at the Center for Automotive Research’s Road to Renewal II conference in Dearborn, Canadian auto analyst Dennis DesRosiers said many consumers remain skeptical about buying a new car as the economy continues to come back from the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

“It’s hard to sign up for a new vehicle when you see the value of your house going down every year,” DesRosiers said.

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Sean McAlinden, CAR’s executive vice president of research and chief economist, agreed that sales growth will be moderate. He projected 13.4 million vehicle sales in 2011, rising to 14.4 million in 2013 and 14.9 million in 2014. Then again, DesRosiers said he made his projections before the current crisis in Japan where the recent earthquake and tsunami threaten to stop production at auto plants all around the world.


California Likely to Dominate Battery Car Market, Says New Study

Texas, NY and Florida also expected to bring strong demand.

by on Feb.14, 2011

That driveway where the Nissan Leaf is parked is likely to be in California, says a new study.

While General Motors may be ready to move up the 50-state rollout of its new Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, a new study suggests that California and a handful of other states will dominate demand for battery cars.

In 2015, demand for advanced propulsion vehicles – which includes plug-ins, pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, as well hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles – will reach nearly 35,000 a year in California, about as much as the next five states combined, forecasts the Center for Automotive Research, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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By that point, there will be an estimated 112,328 of these advanced propulsion vehicles registered in California, compared to 25,746 in Texas, the state projected to have the second-highest demand.

That’s no surprise considering the Golden State is already home to more hybrids, such as the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape Hybrid, than anyplace else.  There are currently 50 hybrids for every 10,000 California residents, about twice as many as any other state in the U.S.


Study: U.S. Aid to Auto Industry Saved 1 Million Jobs

Assistance saved nearly $100 million in personal income.

by on Nov.30, 2010

Government assistance to General Motors and Chrysler enabled orderly bankruptcy proceedings and led to the saving of more than 1.14 million jobs in 2009 alone, according to a recently released study by an automotive think tank.

The study, by the Ann Arbor-based Center for Automotive Research, estimated that an additional 314,400 jobs was saved in 2010. The government help save $96.5 billion in potential personal income losses and allowed $28.6 billion in social security and personal income taxes to be paid to the federal government.

At the time of the bailout, some pundits, and even some lawmakers, suggested that Chrysler and GM didn’t deserve the government’s help. Some even suggested that the bailout was a waste of government money.


CAR President Assumes Chairman’s Role; David Cole retires

New leader wants auto think tank to grow by 25 percent.

by on Oct.01, 2010

CAR President and CEO Jay Baron has added the title of chairman.

Just as the auto industry is at a crossroads, so is one its major think tanks, the Center for Automotive Research.

Now, CAR will move forward with a new leader. CAR President and CEO Jay Baron will take on the the role of chairman, replacing the organization’s long-time leader, David Cole, who is now chairman emeritus. He said that the industry needs the research and direction that CAR provides.

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“We are facing one of the greatest technological challenges every thrust upon an industry – to improve fuel economy,” Baron said.

He said that his plan is to grow the organization by as much as 25 percent so it can answer difficult questions such as what green jobs will look like in the future, whether Washington is making the right policy decisions for cars, how much will people pay for fuel economy, how to address safety and others.