The CAR Podcast
By Center for Automotive Research
Join Center for Automotive Research researchers, 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 www.cargroup.org/podcast-contact/.
Hot Topics - Inflation Reduction Act: Consumer and Industry Implications
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Bernard welcomes CAR Senior Industry Analyst Edgar Faler for a discussion on the Inflation Reduction Act related to EV adoption. They cover implications for both the consumer and the producer.
September 20, 2022
Hot Topics - Inflation Reduction Act and MBS 2022 Recap
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla and Bernard take a moment to recap the 2022 Annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars (MBS) and the most prominently discussed themes. They also share their thoughts on the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act and what it means for EVs. All MBS 2022 session recordings are available with the purchase of a virtual registration. Register to watch what was discussed at this year's event HERE.
August 31, 2022
Hot Topics - Q2 sales and San Francisco Cruise accident
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla and Bernard dive into the latest sales numbers, including the increase in EV penetration and how inflation is impacting sales globally. They also discuss the recent accident in San Francisco involving a Cruise Robotaxi and recent news about Elon Musk’s Twitter deal.
July 13, 2022
Laser blanking - featuring Justine Fonteyne of Schuler Group GmbH
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla welcomes guest speaker and CAR Affiliate, Justine Fonteyne, Area Sales Manager of the Americas at Schuler Group GmbH, to discuss laser blanking. They take a closer look at what laser blanking is and the various benefits of implementing laser blanking solutions. CAR audience members are invited to attend a free online seminar hosted by Schuler on July 8 at 10 AM EDT to learn more about laser blanking technologies. Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ixrOkuEkQISjHSyWEghwFA
July 05, 2022
Hot Topics - Lordstown Motors plant sale and EcoMotion Week 2022
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla and Bernard cover insights into the recent $230M sale of the Lordstown Motors plant to Foxconn. They also discuss EcoMotion Week 2022 and the vast presence of innovative start-ups at the event.
June 11, 2022
Auto industry economic impact and supply chain crises - featuring John Bozzella of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla is joined by Alliance for Automotive Innovation President and CEO and veteran auto industry executive John Bozzella. Carla and John explore the overall impact of the auto industry and automotive manufacturing on the economic engine in the US, and they also discuss the various supply chain crises the auto industry is battling.
June 06, 2022
Automation and robotics - featuring Jeff Burnstein of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla is joined by guest speaker Jeff Burnstein, the President of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). Carla and Jeff dive into automation and robotics and the implications they bring to the future of manufacturing. They also discuss the 2022 Automate Show, taking place June 6-9 in Detroit, Michigan. To hear Carla's talk at Automate 2022 or learn more, visit here.
June 03, 2022
Building a data ecosystem for EVs - featuring David Knight of Terbine
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, CAR Director of Technology Brett Smith is joined by Terbine Founder & CEO David Knight to tackle big data management and data monetization as the auto industry transitions to an electrified and autonomous future. They also discuss Silicon Valley and why some companies are choosing to grow in other cities.
May 31, 2022
Electrification and data - featuring Bill Newman of SAP
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla is joined by SAP Chief Industry Executive Advisor Bill Newman to tackle electrification. They discuss how data can help maintain manufacturing quality and how data can improve the consumer EV charging experience.
May 17, 2022
Hot Topics - Q1 earnings and 2022 earnings guidance
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla is joined by CAR Senior Industry Analyst Edgar Faler to discuss automaker and supplier Q1 earnings. They also review key industry trends discussed on earnings calls and 2022 earnings guidance.
May 11, 2022
Hot Topics - EV investments, inflation trends, and semiconductors
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla and Bernard review recent EV investments made by automakers. They also discuss inflation trends and risk of recession as well as the semiconductor outlook.
April 14, 2022
The future of work - featuring Jan Griffiths of Gravitas Detroit
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla is joined by podcast guest Jan Griffiths, the President and Founder of Gravitas Detroit, to discuss the future of the workplace and the need for new management styles in a remote world. Links to books mentioned during the discussion: Trust & Inspire by Stephen Covey The Blueprint by Doug Conant
March 28, 2022
NADA Show highlights and economic outlook
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla and Bernard cover highlights and news from the 2022 NADA Show. They also discuss the global economic outlook.
March 23, 2022
Hot Topics - Ukraine crisis and fuel prices
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla and Bernard tackle the evolving Ukraine-Russia crisis and its potential impacts on the industry, including the rising cost of fuel.
March 11, 2022
Hot Topics - The Great Resignation and Ambassador Bridge closure
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla and Bernard discuss The Great Resignation and its implications for the future of the workplace. They also cover the recent closure of the Ambassador Bridge and subsequent protests and how they relate to the resiliency of the supply chain.
February 23, 2022
Discussion with CAR Affiliate Draper
On this episode of the CAR Podcast, Carla is joined by CAR Affiliate, Draper, to discuss one of Draper’s latest technologies. They discuss the process of how this patented electric motor came to life, the motor’s technical and innovative differentiators, and finally, potential applications for the motor in automotive and beyond.
February 09, 2022
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