“Focus on the Future” Automotive Research Conferences -- Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century: Designing Global Powertrains

Event Type: 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Michigan League Ballroom
Event Sponsor: 
UM Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)

Our recent Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century conferences have focused on how manufacturers and suppliers will meet demanding Corporate Average Fuel Economy requirements for 2016 and 2025.  This year we turn our attention to how manufacturers and suppliers design current and future powertrains for their global markets.  Compared to most other regions that use smaller, more fuel efficient powertrains, many US powertrains are unique for this market.   Manufacturers and suppliers are challenged to meet the needs of US consumers while at the same time trying to reach increased economies of scale for their global markets.  Some of the key questions we will address include: How do the manufacturers and suppliers design powertrains to meet local regulations while at the same time meeting global requirements?  What role do alternative powertrains play in markets outside the US?  What economies of scale are they reaching with their current powertrain designs and what goals do they have for future designs? How are powertrain R&D investments allocated globally and why?


Confirmed speakers include:


Bruce Belzowski, Assistant Research Scientist, UM Transportation Research Institute, will moderate the conference and discuss results from his recent research on powertrain R&D processes, and resale value/total cost of ownership of gas, diesel, and hybrid vehicles.


Chris Cowland, Director of Advanced and SRT Powertrain, Chrysler Group, will talk about how Chrysler and Fiat are integrating their powertrain strategies.


Bernd Boiston, Regional President for Diesel Systems, Bosch Corporation, will discuss his company’s global powertrain R&D and product development management, and the ways in which they manage the requirements of the global powertrain customers.


John Kirwan, Chief Scientist for Gasoline Powertrains, Delphi Corporation, will present how his company’s strategy for globalizing their powertrain R&D and product development has helped meet the requirements of their global customers.


Michael Omotoso, Senior Manager-Global Powertrain, LMC Automotive-US, will share his views on current global powertrain trends, and some global manufacturer engine and transmission strategies


Conference presentations available at:  http://umtri.umich.edu/divisionPage.php?pageID=510

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