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International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management

International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management (IJATM)

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International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management (4 papers in press)

Special Issue on: The North American Auto Sector from NAFTA to USMCA The Road Ahead

  • Emerging Models of Networked Industrial Policy: Recent Trends in Automotive Policy in the US and Germany   Order a copy of this article
    by Elena Goracinova, Patrick Galvin, David A. Wolfe 
    Abstract: The adoption of the USMCA (the United States-Mexico-Canada) trade agreement and the transition to electric and autonomous vehicles has created uncertainty for automotive companies. In response, the need for government efforts to position traditional automotive regions as a source of high-quality, green vehicles is pressing. The policy mix is changing rapidly as the public sector and firms cope with the challenges associated with new trade confrontations and disruptive technologies. The article captures this evolving policy landscape through a comparative analysis of automotive policy with respect to BEVs in the US and Germany. It examines how innovation policies help the sector navigate the current technological transition. We find that theories grounded in traditional comparative political science do not provide an adequate framework to explain the observed similarities and differences in policy trajectories in the two countries. The article adopts insights from the networked industrial policy perspective to better understand the repertoire of policy instruments adopted to manage the changing impact of alternative energy technologies in the automotive industry.
    Keywords: automotive; electrification; US; Germany; comparative politics; technological transformation.

  • Trade Agreements and the Geography of Motor Vehicle Production in North America and Europe   Order a copy of this article
    by Thomas Klier, James Rubenstein 
    Abstract: This paper describes changes in the geography of the production of vehicles and sourcing of powertrains in both North America and Europe between 2000 and 2016. During that time period, new trade agreements in both regions resulted in larger economic geographies within which vehicle and parts producers could organize production. We show that as trade relationships encompassed larger geographies, powertrain sourcing and vehicle assembly diffused across countries within each region. At the same time, trade agreements did not alter the traditional forces effecting regional integration patterns within the industry, rather they changed their geographical reach.rn
    Keywords: Europe; North America; vehicle production; engine; transmission; trade agreements; geography.

  • New Trade Rules, Technological Disruption and COVID-19: Prospects for Ontario in the Cross-Border Great Lakes Automotive Industry   Order a copy of this article
    by John Holmes 
    Abstract: Canada has been characterised as a
    Keywords: Canadian automotive industry; Great Lakes Region; USMCA rules of origin; electric vehicle technological disruption; pandemic disruption.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2022.10042830
  • COVID-19 and industrial resilience in the Global South. The case study of the auto parts sector in Mexico.   Order a copy of this article
    by Jorge Carrillo, Bertha Vallejo, Redi Gomis 
    Abstract: The global COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the low level of resilience of supply chains and the fragility of employment in most economic sectors. This research, which is based on two independent online surveys, explores the level of readiness of automotive firms in Mexico to adopt I4.0 technologies, as well as the mitigation strategies adopted by such firms to overcome the economic effects of COVID-19. The results indicate a low level of readiness and understanding of I4.0 technologies in the automotive parts sector in Mexico and that most of the COVID-19 mitigation efforts have been focused on workforce management strategies, rather than on technological solutions.
    Keywords: Industry 4.0; I4.0; automobile industry; supply chain; industrial resilience; COVID-19; Mexico.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2022.10043101