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    Study: Globally, most engines will displace 1.0-1.9-liters by next year, 52% by 2020

    Small, fuel efficient vehicle engines in the 1.0-liter-to-1.9-liter displacement range already make up the lion's share of the global vehicle fleet, and that number is going to get larger. A WardsAuto/AutomotiveCompass global powertrain forecast says the small engines will climb from 49 percent ...

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    Study: Market for lightweight vehicle materials to grow to $125.3 billion by 2015

    According to a study conducted by BCC Research, the global market value for lightweight materials used in the transportation industry will grow to nearly $125.3 billion in 2015, up from an estimated $95.5 billion in 2010. This growth, says BBC Research, will be driven by automakers focused on ...

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    Graphene composite material is thin like paper, 10 to 13 times stronger than steel

    In work recently published in the Journal of Applied Physics, a University of Technology Sydney (UTS) team led by professor Guoxiu Wang presented reproducible test results showing that graphene paper has the potential to revolutionize the automotive industry. How? Well, researchers at UTS have ...

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    Automakers scramble to strip weight from trucks

    2011 Ford F-150 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Automakers are gearing up to tackle the upcoming stringent emissions standards head on. From designing more aerodynamic vehicles to producing engines that operate at a high degree of efficiency, automakers appear to have dedicated a ...

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    The Audi diet: Automaker wants to slash weight from entire lineup

    Audi Quattro Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Audi makes some blazingly fast automobiles. If you need proof, spend some seat time in vehicles like the RS6 or the R8. They make it look like producing autos with plenty of kick is a piece of cake for Audi. Making that same ...

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    After winning Automotive X-Prize, Edison2 hints at next-gen projects

    Edison2's Very Light Car – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Crowned the champion of Mainstream Class in the 2010 Automotive X-Prize, the Edison2 team, with its Very Light Car (VLC) proved that its take neither battery power nor fuel cell technology to construct one of the world's most ...

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    Automakers will need to focus on "lightweighting" to boost efficiency

    Lamborghini's Advanced Composite Research Center – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Generation after generation, our vehicles continue to add a little flab. How much? The additional poundage averages out to 20 percent gained per model in the last 20 years, making today's autos ...


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