Competition Rules! at the 2015 50th Anniversary CAR Management Briefing Seminars

CAR Management Briefing Seminars, August 3-6

Jul 24, 2015, 09:15 ET from Center for Automotive Research

ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Strategy. Technology. Policy. Innovation. Manufacturing. Economics: All factors need to be in alignment in order to win big in the automotive industry. As the U.S. market reaches its longest period of consecutive growth and faces a long list of disruptors on the horizon, that competition is about to get even more intense. The 50th annual Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars (MBS) will focus on the strategies necessary to compete in this dynamic industry that continues to drive the U.S. economy.

The event, known for its content-rich seminars, will explore issues vital to successful competition in the auto industry. CAR MBS sessions cover the breadth of the industry with topical seminars focused on global manufacturing strategies, lightweighting, connected and autonomous vehicles, powertrain developments, sales forecasting, purchasing, changing policy and regulations, designing for technology, the role of Mexico, and China's auto market.

Wednesday and Thursday's keynote seminars, Automotive Strategy: Competition Rules! will look forward, bringing into focus the strategies necessary to compete today and into the future.  The session will be moderated by Dr. Jay Baron, CAR President and CEO and Dr. Sean McAlinden, CAR Executive Vice President of Research and Chief Economist.

Speakers include:

  • Governor Rick Snyder, State of Michigan
  • Chuck Stevens, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, General Motors
  • Jeff Bracken, Group Vice President and General Manager, Lexus Division, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
  • Jim Holland, Vice President, Vehicle Component and Systems Engineering, Ford Motor Company
  • Dr. Matthias Erb, Executive Vice President, Engineering and Planning, Volkswagen Group of America
  • Swamy Kotagiri, Chief Technology Officer, Magna International Inc.

For the past 50 years, the CAR Management Briefing Seminars have delivered thought leadership on the most important issues facing the automotive industry and the strategies to succeed. The premier North American automotive conference will take place Aug. 3–6 in Traverse City, MI.  More than 1,000 automotive industry stakeholders are expected to attend.

For detailed information, visit the event's website at

Media representatives may register at no charge via the CAR MBS website. All media registrations are subject to approval.  Follow #CARMBS on Twitter for the latest conference updates.

The Center for Automotive Research is a non-profit organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its mission is to conduct research on significant issues related to the future direction of the global automotive industry, organize and conduct forums of value to the automotive community and foster industry relationships. For more information, visit the CAR website:


SOURCE Center for Automotive Research