Automotive Industry Research

The Center for Automotive Research conducts leading-edge research that impacts the future of the global automotive industry by informing corporate leaders and policymakers and facilitating communication across the industry.

Research at CAR is supported in three ways:


  • Direct research contract funding
  • Support through CAR’s Affiliates Program
  • Participation in a specific working group focused on a core research activity
CAR research and forecasts are produced primarily under two focused research groups:

Business Group

Technology Group

Research Request

Put us to work..with a research project on a topic that supports your organization’s efforts in the industry.

“The Center for Automotive Research combines a dedication to facts and an uncompromised independence with an awareness of, and sensitivity to, the nuanced challenges that the auto industry faces.  As such, its work is highly valuable to us when we are seeking to explain our industry to political decision makers.  One great example is the research CAR did for the industry in connection with the possible Section 232 tariffs that the prior administration was considering imposing.  That research effectively laid out what the likely domestic economic and employment consequences of the proposed tariffs would be and, in so doing, significantly enhanced our ability to broaden the tariff discussions is a very positive way.”

Andrew D. Koblenz
Executive Vice President  |  Legal & Regulatory Affairs
National Automobile Dealers Association


“The USMCA contained within it an unexpected and unprecedented increase in regional value content in automobiles, benefitting suppliers in all three countries. None of those hard fought gains would have been possible without the data driven work by CAR and its public leadership during the 2017-2019 negotiating period. They acted as a reservoir of fact and analysis for all three countries and were central to the balanced mutually beneficial outcome for stakeholders across the North America. “

Flavio Volpe
Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association