COOPERATIVE RESEARCH: RESULTS OF U.S.-INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP TO DEVELOP A NEW GENERATION OF VEHICLES

In light of increased competition from international car companies, the importance of automobile-related jobs to the U.S. economy, and other policy concerns, in 1993 President Clinton announced a partnership between the federal government and three domestic automobile manufacturers - Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler. The goals of the partnership, called the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV), were to (1) significantly improve U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing, (2) implement commercially viable innovations from ongoing research in conventional vehicles, and (3) develop vehicles that can achieve up to three times the fuel efficiency of comparable 1994 family sedans, or approximately 80 miles per gallon, by 2004. The General Accounting Office (GAO) was requested to examine several aspects of PNGV. Specifically, they were asked to (1) discuss the progress made to date toward achieving the partnership goals; (2) describe the historical federal funding levels; (3) identify the technologies being developed under PNGV; and (4) compare the overall research and development activities of the automobile manufacturer participants with research sponsored by the partnership. Briefly, the partnership is making progress toward its goals, but obstacles remain. The most progress has been made toward the second goal of implementing commercially viable innovations in conventional vehicles. The GAO estimates that federal research in support of the partnership totaled about $1.25 billion from fiscal year 1995 through fiscal year 1999, averaging about $250 million per year. The federal agencies and industry partners supporting the partnership are jointly developing technologies to improve fuel efficiency and manufacturing processes in the automobile industry. Automobile manufacturers participating in PNGV reported that their overall research and development is largely focused on fulfilling consumer preferences and complying with government regulations, while their research conducted under the partnership is more narrowly focused on developing fuel-efficient vehicles and improving manufacturing processes.

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  • English

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 50 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00793883
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO/RCED-00-81,, HS-043 062
  • Files: HSL, NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 14 2000 12:00AM