10 Automakers Headlining CAR Seminars In August

ANN ARBOR — Officials at the Center for Automotive Research announced Monday that 18 executives from 10 automakers will join supplier executives and policymakers to discuss critical issues, including impacts of new mobility and autonomy, fuel economy policy, implications for the midterm review and more, at CAR MBS 2016.

The annual Management Briefing Seminars will be held July 31-Aug. 4 at Grand Traverse Resort near Traverse City.

Officials from major automakers presenting at MBS 2016 include:
* BMW: Christian Cozzarini, department head, environmental engineering, BMW Group
* Ford: Michael Shulman, technical leader, connected vehicles, automated vehicles department, research and advanced engineering, Ford Motor Co., and program manager, Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP).
* General Motors: Daniel E. Nicholson, vice president, global propulsion systems; Julia Steyn, vice president, urban mobility programs; Charlie Klein, executive director, global CO2 strategy, mass and aerodynamics; and G. Mustafa Mohatarem, chief economist.
* Honda: Robert Bienenfeld, assistant vice president, environment and energy strategy, product regulatory office, American Honda Motor Co.; Tom Lake, vice president, North American purchasing, Honda North America Inc.
* Mazda: James Lievois, senior vice president and CFO, Mazda North America Operations
* Mercedes: Jason Hoff, president and CEO, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International
* Nissan: Rachel Nguyen, executive director, Future Lab, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
* Tesla: Diarmuid O’Connell, vice president, business development,  Tesla Motors
* Toyota: Wil James, president, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.; James J. Kuffner Jr., CTO, Toyota Research Institute; Trever White, divisional information officer, manufacturing and engineering business systems, Toyota Motor North America.
* Volkswagen: Mahesh Kodumundi, executive vice president of corporate purchasing, Volkswagen Group of America; Matthias Erb, chief engineering officer and executive vice president, engineering and planning, Volkswagen Group of America; and Andreas Busse, senior architect of driver assistance systems, electronic research lab, Volkswagen Group of America

Around 1,000 automotive industry leaders are expected to the CAR Management Briefing Seminars. Focused on industry disruption, speakers and session panels will explore everything from the impact of the mid-term review, the ever evolving connected and automated space, expert analysis and sales forecasts, talent retention, the future of manufacturing, to the car of the future, and the influence and outcomes of new mobility.

For a complete list of the event’s more than 65 confirmed speakers, visit www.cargroup.org/?module=Speakers&confID=12/.

To register, or for more information visit the MBS page, www.cargroup.org/?module=Page&sID=management-briefing-seminars.

The Center for Automotive Research is a non-profit organization based in Ann Arbor. 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 www.cargroup.org.

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