EUCAR publishes research & innovation priorities for its third Strategic Pillar A&C

30th September 2013 – EUCAR publishes research & innovation priorities for its third Strategic Pillar “Affordability & Competitiveness”

For the third of its Strategic Pillars of automotive research and innovation (R&I), “Affordability & Competitiveness”, EUCAR is publishing an executive summary of its roadmaps in this domain.  The summary provides an overview of the priorities for collaborative automotive R&I for the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, planned for the period 2014 to 2020.  It sets out a strategic vision for the domain, the milestones to be reached for future industrialisation of technologies and the specific research areas of key importance.

In the Affordability & Competitiveness Pillar, three main domains are relevant:

  • Application of suitable materials: Materials suitable for enhanced affordable and competitive design and manufacturing of functionally-optimised and light weight vehicles
  • Virtual engineering: Innovative engineering solutions to guarantee and ensure the European automotive competitiveness for future vehicle generations
  • Sustainable and Flexible Manufacturing: Efficient and effective manufacturing systems capable of producing affordable and competitive vehicles in Europe

For each domain, EUCAR is compiling detailed roadmaps specifying the priority collaborative R&I activities in Horizon 2020 from the point of view of the automotive manufacturers.  These are to be shared with the European Commission and key stakeholders in order to cooperate on a future R&I agenda and potential common projects.  The ultimate aim is to support production of affordable vehicles and a competitively automotive industry in Europe.


Executive Summary R&I Roadmaps Affordability & Competitiveness