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CONFERENCE – 10th Annual:
“Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century”

Conference by Automotive Futures Group
held on July 18, 2018 in Ann Arbor, MI – USA



  • The new system allows 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 ($200), and they will receive an email when the presentations are online for viewing.

For information on this Conference, Speakers, Sponsorships, and upcoming Conferences, see below.

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“Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century”

Conference by UMTRI


Our 10th annual Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century conference takes place during an uncertain time in the auto industry. In the powertrain area, internal combustion engines continue to dominate in nearly all vehicles throughout the world, and this dominance is expected to continue through at least 2025. Despite this situation, executives must manage both US and global demand while balancing internal combustion engine improvements with the cost of development of plug-in-hybrid, pure electric, and fuel cell vehicles that are expected to be a large part of long term future of the industry.

There also continue to be challenges in meeting government corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) goals (though it is unclear if these annual goals will continue on their current path). This uncertainty will probably not play a major role in the short term, but longer-term uncertainty will affect important decisions on volumes of different types of powertrains, as well as how each company will create value from the development and introduction of new powertrains.

Our goal for this one-day conference is to examine the differing approaches manufacturers and suppliers are taking to meet US and global emissions and fuel economy goals while at the same time focusing on their core internal combustion engines. Some of the questions we will address include: What do manufacturers and suppliers expect the future distributions of powertrains to be in 2025 and 2030 in the US, EU, Japan, and China? What new powertrain technologies will help companies meet their short term and long-term CAFE goals? What types of powertrain commonality will manufacturers and suppliers be able to introduce across all geographic regions that will help them meet all local emissions and fuel economy regulations? How do manufacturers balance the varying emissions and fuel economy demands from different countries within their powertrain strategies?


Bruce Belzowski, Managing Director, Automotive Futures will moderate the conference and discuss an analysis of powertrain strategies of the nine main companies selling in the US, and an update on his research on China’s EV policy.

Ben Schlimme, Powertrain Executive Program Manager, Toyota Motor North America, will discuss Toyota’s near-term and long term powertrain planning and research.

Paul Whitaker, Director of Product Technologies, AVL Corporation, will talk about some of the new powertrain technologies his company is developing to support manufacturers in meeting their powertrain goals.

Michael Dahl, Head of Engine Programs and Propulsion Planning at Fiat Chrysler Corporation, will discuss FCA’s near term powertrain plans for the US and globally.

Norman Peralta, Director for GM Global Propulsion Systems Quality, General Motors Corporation will provide insight into GM’s global powertrain systems.

Pete Olin, Chief Engineer, Advanced Systems Engineering, Delphi Technologies will discuss Delphi’s powertrain offerings in the context of its global sales

Jim Harkins, Director of Electrified Systems and Engineering, Denso Corporation will talk about his company’s recent and future electrified systems development.

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


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

Conference Sponsors

  • Aisin Technical Center
  • Argonne National Labs
  • BorgWarner Inc.
  • Bosch Corporation
  • Denso Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Means Corporation
  • Valeo North America, Inc.
  • University of Michigan Ross School of Business: Corporate Education


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Our 10th annual conference focused on the Future of Automotive IT shows the different sides of automotive IT and how it continues to change automotive organizations and vehicles.

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

Our 11th annual Inside China conference has traced the rapid rise of the Chinese auto industry. The largest automotive market in the world is such a unique market that it demands that we continue to examine both its current and future trends from a variety of perspectives: consumer choice, marketing, product development, government support and regulations, alternative energy, automotive research and development, industry structure, labor, economic impact, and manufacturing.

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