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Wheels Combine Carbon, Aluminum For Strength, Lighter Weight

Wheels Combine Carbon, Aluminum For Strength, Lighter Weight

It seems carbon fiber is starting to show up everywhere in cars to cut weight, with wheels being one of the latest examples. There are already some aftermarket carbon-fiber wheels available, but now Ford will offer them as standard equipment on its sportiest new Mustang model--the Shelby GT350R... read more

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2015 Ford F-150

Steel Vs Aluminum: Which Wins For Fuel Efficiency AND Cost?

As carmakers try to meet stricter global emissions standards, they are using aluminum--and more of it--to save weight. Previously reserved for high-end luxury and sports... read more October 13, 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 

2011 Nissan Leaf in IIHS crash test

Nissan R&D Chief: Carbon Fiber Is Good For Planes, Not Cars

Nissan has put a lot of investment into the battery and all-electric powertrain technology in its all-electric Leaf. Yet outside of that, the Leaf is a pretty ordinary small... read more November 27, 2013 by 

2015 Audi A8 / S8  -  2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

Lighter Composite Wheels Cut Weight Of New 2015 Audi A8

Can plastic wheels improve fuel efficiency? Soon, drivers of the new 2015 Audi A8 will have a chance to find out. The refreshed version of Audi's flagship sedan will be... read more September 24, 2013 by 

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, First Drive, Bilster Berg

New Gas Mileage Rules Will Reshape What Americans Drive: Aerodynamics And Weight

No, we won't all be driving golf carts. In fact, as cars change over the next 12 years to meet much tougher fuel-economy rules, automakers will likely do their best to keep... read more June 17, 2013 by  26

Ford Atlas Concept revealed at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Next Ford F-150: Advanced Materials Likely, Hybrid Powertrain Possible

The new Atlas Concept that Ford Motor Co. [NYSE: F] unveiled at Detroit this past week revealed several interesting technologies that altogether could save fuel (active... read more January 19, 2013 by  4

2013 Land Rover Range Rover

How Cars Can Get Better Gas Mileage, Invisibly: Lower Weight

There's a lot of focus--perhaps too much--on carmakers using smaller engines, hybrids, and plug-in cars to meet increasingly higher gas-mileage standards from now through... read more August 15, 2012 by  31

Honda N Box

Honda Changing Construction Methods To Shed Pounds

Although much of today’s work is done via robots, and more contemporary materials are used in construction, the basic process of building an automobile hasn’t... read more December 27, 2011 by  6

2010 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai: No More V6s For Midsize Cars or Compact Crossovers

One of the standouts among the global carmakers at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show was Hyundai. The Korean company has seen its market share rise from 3 to 4 percent during a... read more December 4, 2009 by  0


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