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    Study: Aluminum lightweighting does, in fact, save fuel

    When the best-selling US truck sheds the equivalent weight of three football fullbacks by shifting to aluminum, folks start paying attention. Oak Ridge National Laboratory took a closer look at whether the reduced fuel consumption from a lighter aluminum body makes up for the fact that producing ...

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    Report: Honda's lightweighting efforts include welding panels to frames

    Honda Motor Co. is looking to cut weight from its vehicles by changing its manufacturing methods to reduce the number of bolts and reinforcement materials, Reuters reported, citing the Japanese newspaper Nikkei. The Japanese automaker will start welding exterior panels to the vehicle ...

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    Report: Extra passenger pounds can cancel out vehicle lightweighting efforts

    Americans, on average, have gained enough weight during the past 40 years to cancel out automakers' vehicle-lightweighting efforts such as using lighter components or removing spare tire, reflecting an additional challenge automakers face to meet progressively more strict fuel-economy and ...

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    Study: Lightweight automotive material segment to soar to $95 billion in 2017

    With the 2025 CAFE target set at 54.5 miles per gallon, the race to develop fuel-efficient vehicles is on. According to Frost & Sullivan, this race to 54.5 will necessitate a healthy dose of lightweight automotive components. Frost & Sullivan's latest report, "Prevalent Substitution ...

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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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    Countdown to Earth Day: How weight affects a vehicle's fuel efficiency

    Over the past 20 odd years, the curb weight of most vehicles sold in the U.S. has steadily increased. The latest trend, though, has automakers scrambling to trim excess pounds from vehicles. Why? Because every ounce removed from a vehicle not only improves its performance, but also boosts its ...

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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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