General information

Subject type: Optional

Coordinator: Jesus Ezequiel Martínez Marín

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 5

Teaching staff: 

Valeria Bernardo

Teaching languages

  • Spanish

Les classes es fan en castellà, però durant les mateixes es faran servir documents (articles, videos, manuals de referència) en català i anglès.


Specific skills
  • Demostrar capacitat per comunicar de manera fluida en llengua espanyola, catalana i anglesa de forma oral i escrita en l'entorn de la logística i els negocis marítims

  • Operationalize the storage of goods, through computer applications of logistics management


The course is designed to teach students all the highlights of automotive logistics from the beginning of the industry to the present. It is introduced to the different production systems of the industry; to the transport of cars by land and sea; to the supply chain management and to the evaluation of costs and optimization in the logistics of the car. It also analyzes current trends and the challenges facing automotive.   

The TecnoCampus will make available to teachers and students the digital tools needed to carry out the course, as well as guides and recommendations that facilitate adaptation to the non-contact mode.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students must know in depth:

  • the production and chain management models of the automotive industry
  • the importance and logistics of land and sea transport
  • the applicable regulation
  • current trends in the automotive industry

Working methodology

  • Theoretical sessions: Expository class sessions based on the teacher's explanation.
  • Practical sessions: Class sessions in which activities will be solved.


  • Topic 1: Introduction to car logistics.
    • Components
    • Historical evolution
    • The automotive sector. World, Europe and Spain
  • Topic 2: From mass production to Lean Management
    • Historical evolution of production management models 
    • Mass production
    • The Toyota-Lean Management production system
    • Differences between the two models
  • Topic 3: Car supply chain management
    • Supply chain: actors
    • Build To Stock and Order-driving planning strategies
    • Modularity and implications
    • Case studies  
    • Location and expansion strategies.
    • Costs and optimization in car logistics
  • Topic 4: Car transport by land and sea
    • Shipping (Ro-Ro)
    • Road transport
    • Rail transport
  • Topic 5: Regulations applicable to industry
    • International harmonization
    • European and Spanish regulations
    • Areas of regulatory interest: safety, environment and reuse
  • Topic 6: Current trends and strategies in automotive logistics
    • Current trends
    • The electric vehicle
    • The autonomous vehicle


Learning activities

  • During the theoretical sessions materials will be provided to discuss case studies. 
  • Students will be required to do homework that will be corrected in class


Evaluation system

Final exam: represents 50% of the final grade

Activities: they represent 20% of the final grade

Group work: represents 20% of the final grade

Test type exam: they represent 10% of the final grade


In order to be able to configure the note with the follow-up of the evaluation continued, a minimum score of 5 points must be obtained in the activities and 5 points in the final exam. Continuous assessment cannot be recovered. Students who do not take the final exam will not be entitled to the resit exam. 



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