Make your dream cars a reality with Automation’s unparalleled car and engine design tools. Gain a competitive edge through smart engineering and business decisions to help you build an automotive empire. Will you become an industry leader, or just a footnote in automotive history?
Recent Reviews:
Very Positive (166) - 92% of the 166 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Very Positive (10,781) - 92% of the 10,781 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Mar 12, 2015

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Automation is a very expansive game, and without the financial support that Early Access offers, this game would otherwise be impossible to produce to the high standards we strive for.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Automation continues to be in active development, and will continue to be in development for the foreseeable future.

Once the LCV4.2 development cycle is completed later in 2022, LCV4.3 will introduce supercharging to the Engine Designer, at which point both design tools will be feature-complete. With this, all of the Scenarios and Tutorials will be re-done to reflect the changes made in the game, and will return in this version. Additionally, we are planning to bring back the Multiplayer Challenge Mode from the Kee Engine days in LCV4.3.

LCV5.0 will be primarily a campaign-based update, and will begin the process of making the Campaign Modes feature-complete. There will likely be a V5.1 and 5.2 Update along the way.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“In the full release of Automation, we will have the Car and Engine Designer feature-complete, a Multiplayer Challenge Mode, as well as the fully-functional Campaign mode.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Currently, the Car and Engine Designer tools are close to being feature-complete. LCV4.2 will see the introduction of a complete re-work of the Engine Designer, with vastly improved calculations and simulation of both naturally-aspirated and forced-induction engines. Turbochargers will be completely re-worked, with many more options and configurations available. The Car Designer sees several changes as well, with the introduction of better brake customisation, as well as user-controlled tools to control both the amount and distribution of a car’s weight. Additionally, a completely new Lite Campaign will deploy in this version, with a vastly improved sales and production model that will address most, if not all, of the complaints from LCV4.1 and earlier.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Buying in Early Access will give you a 15 percent discount from the purchase price of Automation when it reaches full release.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Since being selected for Early Access in 2015, the Automation community has been vital to the development of the game. We have worked closely with the community, and will continue to work closely with them until Automation is released, and beyond. We actively use the Automation forums and the official Discord server to communicate and interact with the community, as well as field bug reports, gameplay suggestions, etc.

As major development milestones approach, we offer both private and public beta tests to community members for testing and feedback.”
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About This Game

Design the cars of your dreams, and build an automotive business empire with them! Choose to make cars that evoke excitement and set the imagination alight, or cars that are the literal wheels the world’s economy rolls upon; with Automation, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

Automation is an automotive design simulator, featuring vehicles and technologies from 1946 to 2020. Use Automation’s unparalleled engine and car design tools to create your perfect car, then build and market them to a car-hungry public in the Campaign Mode! Export your creations to (sold separately) with the one-click export tool and share them with others, or experience them for yourself on the road and on track!

Realise your dreams with one-of-a-kind car design tools.

In Automation, players use the comprehensive engine and car design tools to turn their ideas into reality; shape, cut, re-shape and adorn thousands of car bodies with a wide variety of lights, mouldings and other parts to achieve the style you want. Design the perfect engine to go in your car; whether it is a large, powerful V12 or a small, efficient inline-3, nearly all common engine layouts are possible!

Test your business skills by selling your designs in Campaign Mode.

Automation’s Campaign Mode starts in 1946, where players test their design skills in a deep simulation of the automotive industry. Build factories and equip them with the facilities and equipment they need, and research cutting-edge technologies to turn your fledgling company into a titan of the industry, by catering to the needs and desires of dynamically-simulated market demographics.

Export your cars to

Export your creations to (sold separately) with Automation’s easy-to-use car exporter to drive, race and crash them yourself!

Compare your lap times against Automation's AI and your friends in with the co-developed Automation Test Track featured in both games, and share your creations in the Mod Repository.

Participate in Automation’s passionate and active community.

Automation has a large community of 3D modellers creating mod content for the game, with hundreds of free mods available on the Steam Workshop, and more being added every day. Additionally, the Automation community runs a wide variety of exciting, community-designed and led competitions, where cars are evaluated on styling, performance and other traits. Build a car and join the community today, to see how your creations measure up against your new friends!

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 7, 8, 10 - 64 bit
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Support Shader Model 5.0 (Intel HD4000 Integrated, Geforce 400 Series, Radeon HD2000 Series)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requirements for Ultra Low Settings. Framerate may be poor in some situations.
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit
    • Processor: Recent Intel i5/i7 or AMD 6 core or better
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD 290x or nVidia 970GTX or Better
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: System requirements for good frame rate Epic Settings. Solid State Drive highly recommended for best loading performance
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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