08 November 2017

North Campus Research Complex, 2800 Plymouth Rd. Bldg. 18, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
9:00 A.M.

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Automotive Futures

Focus on the Future
Automotive Research Conferences

Inside China:  Understanding China’s Current and Future Automotive Industry

November 8, 2018

9am to 2:30pm

North Campus Research Complex, 2800 Plymouth Rd. Bldg. 18, Ann Arbor, MI  48109

Our 10th annual Inside China Automotive Conference features insights by manufacturers, suppliers, consultants, and UM experts on the current and future prospects for the automotive industry in China.  The Chinese market continues to be the largest automotive market in the world despite a recent slowdown.  The government is challenged to manage the environmental impact of vehicle production and operation, trying to balance the explosive growth of its economy with the need to create a sustainable environment.  Its focus on electric vehicles in the auto industry is one approach it is taking to support sustainability. Autonomous vehicles are also beginning to play a role in future development.

This year our speakers will discuss many of the most important issues related to the industry including current vehicle sales environment, the global ambitions of their domestic manufacturers and suppliers, the electric vehicle strategies of Chinese manufacturers, the new government policies that are supporting electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles, and the environmental impact of a large scale deployment.  They will also discuss the impact of new connected vehicle technology and the industry and government support needed to take advantage of this new technology.  As with past conferences, we will focus on future industry trends in market structure and the roles of both the domestic and foreign manufacturers and suppliers in the industry.

Some of the key questions we will address include:  What are the current consumer trends in vehicle purchasing, and what are some of the potential future buying patterns?  What are the new electric and connected and autonomous vehicle strategies put forth by the government?  How do they differ from previous regulations and why might they be more or less successful?  What companies are leading China’s domestic electric vehicle industry? What are some of the environmental impacts that researchers see being affected by the growth of the electric vehicle industry?  How are or will the foreign manufacturers respond to the new regulations?  How are foreign and domestic joint venture partners preparing for a day when JVs will not be required?

Confirmed speakers include:

Bruce Belzowski, Managing Director, Automotive Futures, UM Transportation Research Institute, will moderate the conference and present his updated research on China’s EV policies.

Michael Andrews, HMI Team Lead, Intelligent and Connected Vehicle Group, Changan US R&D Center, will discuss some of his company’s market, product development, and R&D plans for China, the US, and the rest of the globe.

Jun Ma, Vice Dean for the Automotive College at Tongji University, China will present his research on how China is experimenting with autonomous vehicles within the context of planned cities that will be able to take advantage of these vehicles.

Other manufacturers, suppliers, government representatives, and consultants have been invited

Conference Sponsorship

Companies or groups interested in sponsoring this conference, please contact Bruce Belzowski at bbl@umich.edu or 734-936-2704. Sponsorship Amount (Minimum $2,500)

Inside China Automotive Conference Sponsors

Argonne National Labs

BorgWarner Inc.

Bosch Corporation

Delphi Corporation

Denso Corporation

FCA Corporation

Ford Motor Company


Valeo North America, Inc.

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Conference Registration

New Conference Option: Our new system allows our foreign and local participants unable to attend the conference but who are interested in viewing the presentations to pay the registration fee for the conference, and they will receive an email when the presentations are online for viewing.

UMTRI-Automotive Futures Affiliates and UM Students, Faculty, and Staff have two FREE options:

Option 1: UMTRI-Automotive Futures Affiliates and UM Students, Faculty, and Staff who will NOT ATTEND, but would like to receive a link to the presentations:  Free

Option 2: UMTRI-Automotive Futures Affiliates and UM Students, Faculty, and Staff who will ATTEND the conference:  Free

For all others: $200

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