Lightweight vehicles focal point at auto show

Jan 14, 2014 | 12:03 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  Detroit auto show, vehicle lightweighting, Ford Motor, Honda Motor, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, aluminum, advanced high-strength steel carbon fiber

DETROIT — Vehicles capable of achieving better fuel economy and lower emissions through the use of lightweight materials, such as aluminum and advanced high-strength steels, were a focal point of this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The event kicked off with Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Co.’s introduction of its redesigned aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup truck (, Jan. 13), and was followed by unveilings of vehicles featuring increased use of lightweight metals from a variety of automakers, including Tokyo-based Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Stuttgart, Germany-based Mercedes-Benz and Wolfsburg, Germany-based Volkswagen AG.....

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