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Jaguar explained its new model, the XE, will rely on aluminum to reduce weight. The upcoming Jaguar XE has been designed around a new modular vehicle architecture and uses an aluminum-intensive unibody, said Jaguar; lightweight aluminum accounts for 75 percent of the structure. Lightweight construction is a core element of Jaguar design, said the company, […]

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Jaguar Land Rover is launching a new family of engines, one that will be made in diesel and gasoline versions, as well as eventually linked to a hybrid system. Known as Ingenium, the new family of diesel and gasoline engines designed, engineered and manufactured by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) are said by the company to […]

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Ford is putting a lot at stake by switching to aluminum for its new F-150 pickup truck and took unique measures to make sure the new truck would withstand jobsite usage. The move to aluminum is led by the need to save fuel. The company said it sent six prototype pickups – each with an […]

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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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