Fuel standards said plus for aluminum

Oct 18, 2012 | 04:33 PM | Suzy Waite

Tags  fuel standards, automotive, aluminum, steel, NHTSA, David Strickland, Mitch Bainwol, Suzy Waite

CHICAGO — Aluminum producers have been preparing for an uptick in demand from automakers ahead of stricter fuel economy standards for vehicles, although some warn that there may be a "watering down" of the 54.5-miles-per-gallon goal.

Aluminum producers have invested heavily in automotive capacity in anticipation of increased demand from the automotive sector, and a number of major automakers have already begun shifting toward the lightweight metal. Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Co. reportedly is planning on using a predominantly aluminum body for its new F-150 pickup truck, which would lower the weight of each truck by 700 pounds (amm.com, July 27), and Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Chrysler Group LLC and Detroit-based General Motors Co. are likely to follow suit in their truck models (amm.com, July 30).....

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