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Alcoa has rolled out what it considers the world’s lightest heavy-duty truck wheel. This latest wheel, the Ultra ONE, will help trucks shed pounds for increased payload and fuel efficiency, said Alcoa. Alcoa added its new 40-pound wheel is 47 percent lighter than steel wheels of the same size. The Ultra ONE can help, according […]

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The amount of aluminum body sheet content in North American vehicles is expected by automakers to quadruple by 2015 and increase tenfold by 2025 from 2012 levels. This has benefits for fuel consumption, but also for the U.S. aluminum industry. One good example of vehicle raising demand for the material is the 2015 Ford F-150; […]

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Ford introduced today in Detroit an all-new F-150 combining an aluminum-alloy body, auto start-stop and a new Ecoboost engine. We know, pickups are not the greenest vehicles, but they warrant a mention when such a big seller makes huge efforts to reduce its mass and fuel consumption. According to Ford, the new F-150 lost up […]

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While announcing a vehicle electrification project, Chrysler announced today a partnership to study the use of lightweight alloys. Chrysler Group LLC said it has signed on to a three-year, $3.9 million project supported by the Canadian government to explore ways to leverage the weight-saving properties of aluminum and magnesium alloys for vehicle production. Chrysler Group […]

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Opting for aluminum over steel in new automobile construction to improve fuel economy is also the best way to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, according to a new study by the United States Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). “As the U.S. works to reduce dependence on foreign oil, promote clean energy […]

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The C-X17, Jaguar’s first ever sports crossover concept vehicle, makes its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The C-X17 has been created as a design study to introduce Jaguar’s all-new advanced aluminum unibody architecture on which a complete range of future Jaguar vehicles will be built. Jaguar said this new philosophy underpins the entire […]

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A new study shows that an all-aluminum vehicle can shed more than 40 percent body mass, boosting fuel economy by 18 percent when combined with secondary mass savings and other design changes. The study helps explain why car and truck makers are shifting away from steel to aluminum, and supports projections that aluminum-intensive vehicles will […]

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After two years of on-the-ground testing the Ricardo-engineered Fuel-Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) has proven to be as good as the simulation models projected. The analysis released May 23 proves that when compared to the US military’s regularly outfitted M1151 HMMWV, the FED experienced a 72 percent improvement in fuel economy. The FED’s performance was […]

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There is a strong need for the use of lighter materials in cars, like aluminum, and a recent agreement between Alcoa and Chemetall will contribute to a wider spread use of this light metal. On Friday, Alcoa announced that its “Alcoa 951” pre-treatment bonding technology – an enabler for adhesive bonding of automotive structures — […]

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