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Fuel Economy Standards are Focus of Two Upcoming CAR Seminars

Advanced Powertrain Forum to discuss technology strategies to meet standards; Policy Matters session will explore better ways to set mandates.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — With technology and policy at the heart of the ongoing debate regarding increasing fuel economy standards, two key sessions at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars will feature technical experts and senior leadership providing perspective on how to best meet and set new mandates. The CAR Management Briefing Seminars are scheduled to take place Aug. 1-4 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Traverse City, Mich.


"As the federal government pushes to establish Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards for 2017-2025, the industry must plan to meet the new targets," said Brett Smith, session chair and co-director of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology group at CAR. "The Advanced Powertrain Forum presents an opportunity to hear first-hand about the technologies and strategies vehicle manufacturers and suppliers will use to meet the challenge."  

The Advanced Powertrain Forum will take place the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 2. Speakers include:  Ken Davis, president, Americas – Vehicle Group, Eaton Corp.; Charlie Klein, director, Global Mass, Energy and Aerodynamics, General Motors; Nancy Gioia, director, Global Electrification, Ford Motor Co.; Douglas Patton, senior vice president, Engineering Division, DENSO International America, Inc.; Justin Ward, advanced powertrain program manager, Advanced Technology Vehicles, Fuel Cell and Hybrid Vehicle Group, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing N.A. Inc.; and Mike Donoughe, chief operating officer, Bright Automotive Inc.


The discussion continues on a related front with a Tuesday afternoon session, "Policy Matters: How Much Faith Can We (Should We) Put in Technology?"

"A great deal of time and effort has been spent on what the CAFE targets will be," said Kim Hill, organizer of the session and director of CAR’s Sustainability & Economic Development Strategies group. "But it is also critically important to understand how the policy process can be made more effective. We will explore the pros and cons of current approaches to setting vehicle standards and how future goals and mandates should be determined."

Speakers include: Sean McAlinden, Ph.D., executive vice president of research and chief economist, CAR; John DeCicco, senior lecturer, School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan; Mike Stanton, president and CEO, Association of Global Automakers; Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign, Center for Auto Safety; and Brad Markell, international representative, Research Department, United Auto Workers (UAW).


A number of other intriguing sessions are scheduled throughout the week, including seminars focused on manufacturing excellence, connected vehicles, purchasing and labor negotiations. Leaders from automotive manufacturers, suppliers and the UAW will discuss both "Prosperity Amid Uncertainty," as well as "Rebuilding the New North American Supplier Sector" during the Wednesday and Thursday sessions.

For the latest listing of speakers and sessions at the 2011 CAR Management Briefing Seminars, visit the event’s website