The US is the dominant location for auto research and development (R&D) projects, attracting 30 projects in the 34 months to October 2004 out of a total sample of 155. China is close behind, with 23 projects – three of which are among the top 10 global projects, compared with two for the US. India is also a popular destination, attracting 11 projects, and Spain and the Czech Republic attracted 10 each. Top auto R&D projects in China include Michigan-based Visteon’s technical centre in YanFeng, Michigan-based Delphi Automotive Systems $50m R&D centre and Taiwan’s Cheng Shin Tire’s $60m R&D facilities. Top R&D projects in the US include BAE Systems’ new office complex in Fairfax County, Virginia, and Hyundai Motor’s North American R&D headquarters in Michigan.

 

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