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Race for high-strength, lighter weight vehicles advances GM's aluminum research

GasBuddy Blog -- As the government pushes the automobile industry to develop greater fuel-efficiency in marches toward the 54 mpg CAFE mandate, competition increases among high-strength steel, carbon and aluminum to overcome the obstacles of physics.

The New York Times says more efficient engines and electric powertrains can’t carry the whole load, so carmakers and the federal government are pouring resources into “lightweighting” auto platforms to meet the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards.

Right now, advances in aluminum are at the forefront. GM recently annpunced that it has invented an industry-first aluminum welding technology that it expects to enable more use of the lightweight aluminum on future vehicles.


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Is aluminum better than space-age plastic?
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Give buyers an option of three engines per model.....1) best gas mileage; 2) more power but still goo mileage; 3) More power
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Sad how many people seem to hate cars getting good gas mileage....
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interesting
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otherdave: ROFL. Good one!
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If this story hangs around much longer I'm going to claim it as a dependent.
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Make the vehicle too light, and you might lose the maneuverability of the vehicle.
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we know that engines are capable of getting well above 50 mpg even with current settings. Let's not put sand into people's eyes.
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Really dated news.
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lighter and lighter, stronger and stronger
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keep them safe
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good.
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ain't that nice!
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ok.
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COMMON MAN. THis story is so old it is considered an antique.
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Oh no! Not this again!
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I vote safety first fuel economy next.
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gov't motors at work - make cars more expensive

my dad used to rant when he was forced to pay for seat belts when he bought a new car
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Vintage post.
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Better late than never for GM!
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gm still rocks,,,but old news
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Old news.
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ok
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Old news!
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Ditto...
Yawn.
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Old news!
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Bring back dirigibles.
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They need to take advantage of the new space age materials.
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Aluminum is a bad idea!
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A way to make nobama health plan work. More old people will die in car crashes.
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This is the future now
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make sure the frames are strong
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Ever try to crush an aluminium block with your foot?
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OLD ARTICLE!
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try other ways
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3rd day
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This one's from Saturday.
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Thanks for posting this article!
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Both positives and negatives for driving.
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Great mileage is great only if we can afford the car.
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good observation WillyG
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we want cheaper
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We want stronger!
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When their useful life is over you can crush them under your foot like a pop can.
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Hopefully, it will protect occupants just as well as steel...
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11122233
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Good job, GM. :)
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End the government mandates.
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