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The CAR Podcast

The CAR Podcast

By Center for Automotive Research
Join host and Center for Automotive Research CEO Carla Bailo, CAR subject matter experts, and guests as they discuss the latest news from the automotive industry. To learn more about ways to engage with CAR and work with our team to support a sustainable automotive and mobility industry, visit
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Hot Topics - Economic development, investment, and material shortages

The CAR Podcast

Hot Topics - Subscription services and the latest EV investments
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla and Bernard discuss subscription services and what they mean for the industry and for consumers. They also review the latest automaker investments in the EV space. 
January 24, 2022
Hot Topics - NACTOY Awards and new ways of buying cars
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla and Bernard share their thoughts on the recently announced North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards. They also discuss VinFast and other new ways consumers are buying cars.
January 13, 2022
Hot Topics - Sustainability round-tables
Brett Smith joins Carla to discuss what they learned during the recent sustainability round-tables held with affiliate companies focused on understanding what manufacturing companies’ sustainability targets mean for suppliers.
December 15, 2021
Hot Topics - Economic development, investment, and material shortages
Join us for the latest episode of the CAR Podcast as Carla and Bernard discuss how different states are preparing for the EV push and what they can do to improve the process of potential investments and economic development. They also discuss the latest in material shortages affecting the industry.
December 02, 2021
Custom-ordered vehicles, the Infrastructure bill, Rivian IPO, and MotorTrend’s car of the year
In this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla is joined by Bernard Swiecki to discuss the shift to custom-ordered vehicles and the implications it brings for customer loyalty and dealerships. They also discuss the recently signed Infrastructure bill, Rivian IPO, and MotorTrend’s car of the year.
November 17, 2021
Hot Topics - Tesla, magnesium shortage and forecasting
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla is joined by Bernard Swiecki to discuss current news surrounding Tesla, including the recently pulled Autopilot beta and the strong performance of the Model 3 across Europe. They then discuss the latest material shortage of Magnesium and how such shortages are hindering forecasts for 2022.
October 26, 2021
Hot Topics - Ford's latest investment announcement, supply chain and sales figures
Bernard Swiecki joins Carla to discuss the latest Ford investment announcement, including the implications for economic developers and states in securing future investments. They also discuss supply chain issues and their effect on the latest sales figures.
October 05, 2021
Hot Topics - European EVs and Infrastructure, workforce, inflation, and the full-size pick-up market
Bernard Swiecki joins Carla to discuss what’s happening with EVs in Europe and the infrastructure needs. They then talk about what they have heard from our Automotive Communities Partnership and Affiliate organizations about workforce shortages and inflation issues. They wrap up with a discussion about the full-sized pick-up market.
September 21, 2021
Hot Topics - Propulsion systems, consumer acceptance, and it's impact to design and manufacturing
In today’s podcast, Carla is joined by Brett Smith, Director of Technology, to discuss the variety of propulsion systems in the market and how consumers feel about all of those options. They then discuss the impact on manufacturing and design the shift to EVs could have, and finally, they discuss when we will see fuel cells.
September 13, 2021
Hot Topics - Infrastructure, workforce crisis, and inflation
Carla is joined by Bernard Swiecki as they discuss the progress of the infrastructure bill, the global workforce crisis and it's affect on the supply chain, and they end the episode discussing the growing inflation rate.
September 01, 2021
Hot Topics - CAR MBS and Announcements from the Biden Administration
Carla sits down with Kristin Dziczek, Senior Vice President of Research, Brett Smith, Director, Technology, and Bernard Swiecki, Director, Research, to recap the discussions and topics covered at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars, as well as the recent announcement by the Biden administration.
August 12, 2021
Hot Topics - EV Market Growth, Supply/Demand
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, we discuss electrification, market growth and OEM strategies. We then get into new and used vehicle supply and demand, and how are we going to handle all of those vehicles sitting on the lots. Finally, BlueCruise vs. Super Cruise.
July 29, 2021