CARA was originally a competitiveness cluster that decided to pool its skills and experience. It is now a high-performance organisation able to meet the challenges of mobility and the vehicles of the future.


The Rhône-Alpes Region creates the Rhône-Alpes Automotive Cluster. The Region identifies key sectors in its area to establish clusters to boost the economic development of its businesses.

Based on a geographic concentration of manufacturers, scientists and institutions, the cluster helps them to take action together to develop their sector, principally through the levers of innovation.



Launch of the Competitiveness Cluster

In the light of increasingly globalised competition, France launches a new industrial policy creating competitiveness clusters. Their mission is to promote collaborative innovation capacity to create growth and employment in key markets.

Renault Trucks, Iveco France, IFP Energies nouvelles, IFSTTAR, le Grand Lyon and Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry join forces to create the Lyon Urban Trucks & Bus competitiveness cluster (which became LUTB Transport & Mobility Systems in 2012), focusing on transport systems for passengers and freight in urban environments. The cluster becomes active in 2006.



A single association with complementary objectives.

As they are involved with similar issues, the LUTB competitiveness cluster and the Rhône-Alpes Automotive Cluster (RAAC) join together  to form a single association. This is the first alliance of this type in France.



The strengths of Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes are combined into a single entity.

The merger of the Rhône-Alpes and Auvergne Regions leads Automac (the Regional Association of the Automobile Industry), representing the PFA in Auvergne, to join the LUTB-RAAC association.



A new identity.

On 21 November 2017, the association makes its harmonisation official by creating a new name for itself. LUTB-RAAC becomes CARA – European Cluster for Mobility Solutions, competitiveness cluster and regional cluster.

Since 2012, the association has been placed in the category of “high-performance” clusters, namely in the top 20 of the 71 French competitiveness clusters. In 2014, it was awarded the “Gold Label” by the European Cluster Excellence Initiative.