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Main Path To Better Fuel Efficiency: Lighter Vehicles, Say Automakers

Main Path To Better Fuel Efficiency: Lighter Vehicles, Say Automakers

There are many routes to improving fuel efficiency in modern cars, but one route in particular seems to be resonating with automakers, automotive engineers and designers: Shedding weight. A survey of 900 automotive engineers and designers conducted by Wards Auto and sponsored by DuPont showed that... read more

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2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150 SFE: Highest Gas Mileage Model For Aluminum Pickup

Various details have already been released about the radical new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, the first-ever to use an all-aluminum body to reduce weight and improve fuel... read more July 31, 2014 by 


 
2015 Ford F-150

Aluminum-Bodied 2015 Ford F-150 To Cost More Than Steel Model It Replaces

The aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 is expected to be more fuel-efficient than the full-size pickup truck with a steel body that it replaces. But that efficiency comes at a... read more July 30, 2014 by 


 
2016 Jaguar XE teaser

2016 Jaguar XE: Compact Sedan Built From Aluminum To Boost MPG

In recent years we've finally seen a reversal of the trend towards heavier cars, but Jaguar will take that a step further when it launches the 2016 XE sedan. Long-awaited... read more July 29, 2014 by 


 
2015 Ford F-150

Aluminum-Bodied 2015 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck: Buyers Intrigued, Report Says

The aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck seems like a big gamble for the company. The redesigned version of Ford's best-selling model promises to be more... read more July 20, 2014 by 


 
2015 Ford F-150

Future Pickup Trucks: 7 Out Of 10 Could Be Aluminum By 2025 (Says Aluminum-Industry Study)

The aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 isn't yet on sale, but some analysts already believe it heralds an industry trend. A new study from research firm Ducker Worldwide... read more June 12, 2014 by 


 
Ford Fusion Lightweight Concept

Ford Fusion Lightweight Concept: How To Make A Car 25 Percent Lighter

Light weight will soon be big business at Ford. The company's F-150 truck, going aluminum for the first time with the 2015 model, sheds 700 lbs over its predecessor, thanks... read more June 4, 2014 by 


 
2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150 Team Fights Fear Of Aluminum Toughness, Repair, Cost

Sometimes, selling a vehicle can be harder than making it. The 2015 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck is the product of a complete redesign, meant to increase both utility... read more April 11, 2014 by 


 
2016 Jaguar XE aluminum construction

Aluminum Vehicles Save More Energy Than It Takes To Build Them

So, you've done the right thing: You've decided your next car will be considerably more fuel-efficient than the one you drive now. That's great news. But, have you considered... read more April 10, 2014 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country

GM Pickups To Have Aluminum Bodies Too, But Four Years Behind Ford

It's long been known that aluminum is an effective way of reducing the weight of vehicles, but Ford's adoption of the metal for its 2015 F-150 truck has finally spurred... read more February 19, 2014 by 


 
2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150 Aluminum Pickup Body Points Toward Fuel-Economy Gains

Making a large, heavy vehicle like a pickup truck economical isn't the easiest of tasks. You can drop in a more efficient engine, of course. But it'll struggle against poor... read more February 12, 2014 by 


 
2014 Ford F-150 2WD SuperCrew 145" XLT Grille

2015 Ford F-150 Aluminum Body, Smaller Engines: Details Emerge

The 2015 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck won't be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show until tomorrow morning, but some details of its innovations to boost gas mileage have... read more January 12, 2014 by 


 
GM Production Facility, Fairfax

GM’s Aluminum Welding Process Means Lighter Cars, Better Gas Mileage

As long as the auto industry has existed, various automated and non-automated processes have been developed to bond two or more pieces of metal together through the art of... read more September 25, 2012 by  3


 
2012 Tesla Model S body-in-white

2012 Tesla Model S: Is Aluminum Its Secret Weapon?

Colin Chapman is remembered for many things in the automotive world, but if there's one thing auto journalists have to thank him for, it's an endless stream of column inches... read more July 13, 2012 by  11


 
Aluminum Cubed [Image by Flickr user jpeepz]

Far-Out Tech Department: Fuel Your Future Car With...Aluminum?

You can virtually throw a stone these days and hit someone developing a "fuel of the future", but some do appear to show more promise than others. Many options for future... read more June 6, 2012 by  9


 
2011 Audi A2 Concept

Audi A2 Concept Electric Car Due At 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

With the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show less than two weeks away the German auto industry is starting to really crank out the concept cars. Latest in the onslaught of new German... read more September 2, 2011 by  1


 
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