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Center for Automotive Research Hosts Annual Conference

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Aug. 8, 2014—The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) just wrapped up its annual conference held in Traverse City, Mich., Aug. 4–7.

The four-day conference brought in more than 1,000 people, including manufacturers, developers and researchers, according to the Traverse City Record Eagle. The seminars at the event focused on manufacturing, powertrain, sales forecasting, connected and autonomous vehicles, purchasing, talent, supply chain, and featured sessions on other industry topics.

CAR formed its roots at the University of Michigan, but has been considered a stand-alone non-profit since 2003. The organization researches significant issues related to the future direction of the global automotive industry as well as trends and changes related to the automobile industry and society at the international, federal, state and local levels.

The CAR seminar is held in Traverse City because because the organization wants a place within driving distance of the CAR headquarters in Ann Arbor, and far enough from Detroit that attendees can’t return home in the evenings and skip networking events, CAR Vice President of Operations Lisa Hart told the Record Eagle.

“The automotive industry’s doing well right now. Sales are up and there’s a lot of action,” Hart said to the Record Eagle. “It’s never a dull industry, there’s always something happening. This allows people to get a broad overview of what’s going on, whether they’re a veteran or new to the industry.”

Visit cargroup.org for more information about the Center for Automtoive Research or its recent annual conference. 

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