New trends and developments in automotive industry, Edited by Marcello Chiaberge - InTech 2011. The automotive industry is experiencing a considerable “stress period”, which can lead to important changes in the whole industry. Many aspects contribute to this situa- tion, starting from the global recession (unemployment rates, slowing growth, etc.) to credit meltdown (dependency of car sales on credit, OEM refinancing, etc.) and finish- ing with globalization aspects (global sourcing, foreign investments, etc.) and “green challenges” (both for the industry and the final products).