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  • Green Army: The tactical truck that can achieve 72 per cent better fuel economy for our troops

    Green Army: The tactical truck that can achieve 72 per cent better fuel economy for our troops

    by Danny Hewitt MotorTrades Insight May 23, 2013 Armies across the world could soon be going green, after an analysis of a defense vehicle project has ‘proven’ techniques for reducing fuel consumption, according to Ricardo. After two years of on-the-ground testing, the Ricardo-engineered Fuel-Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) has proven to be as good as the simulation models projected. The analysis released today proves that when compared to the US military‚Äôs regularly outfitted M1151 HMMWV, the FED experienced a 72 […]

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  • NEMPA/MIT Conference Looks at Fuel Economy and Vehicle Weight

    NEMPA/MIT Conference Looks at Fuel Economy and Vehicle Weight

    by Jamie Page Deaton, U.S. News and World Report, May 14 2013 The challenge of balancing vehicle weight with fuel economy was the central topic at a New England Motor Press Association and Massachusetts Institute of Technology conference last Thursday. Panelists representing auto manufacturers, academia and government affairs spoke about the impact of increased fuel economy standards on new car construction, materials and price… Read more

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  • Fuel rules drive move to light vehicles

    Fuel rules drive move to light vehicles

    by Melissa Burden and David Shepardson The Detroit News April 24, 2013 Automakers are turning to lighter materials and innovative engineering to build cars that weigh less. Reducing the weight of cars is every bit as important as developing gas-thrifty engines, as automakers try to meet government standards of 54.5 miles per gallon across their fleets by 2025. Read more…

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  • Why Alcoa is pumped about new fuel economy standards

    Why Alcoa is pumped about new fuel economy standards

    by Nevin Batiwalla, Nashville Business Journal, April 3, 2013 With higher national fuel economy standards on the way, automakers are making a big push to make vehicles lighter. Few are happier about that than Alcoa Inc., a leading global producer of aluminum.ashville Business Journal, April 3 2013 As automakers transition from steel-bodied frames to lighter aluminum, demand for the metal in vehicles is increasing significantly,saidChris Moore, an environmental engineer at Alcoa, which has an aluminum fabricating facility in East Tenneessee. […]

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  • Carmakers Use Aluminum Over Steel in Boost for Rio: Commodities

    Carmakers Use Aluminum Over Steel in Boost for Rio: Commodities

    ByYuliya Fedorinova and Marina Sysoyev, Bloomberg News, Feb. 6 2013 Carmakers from Ford Motor Co. toAudi AGand Jaguar Land Rover Plc are using record amounts of aluminum to replace heavier steel, providing relief to producers of the metal confronting excess supplies anddepressedprices. Aluminum content in vehicles is rising about 5 percent a year and growth will accelerate in the next decade as drivers seek improved fuel economy and lower emissions, according toGayle Berry, a London-based analyst at Barclays Plc. Read […]

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  • GM’s Pontiac Stamping celebrates $30M investment

    GM’s Pontiac Stamping celebrates $30M investment

    by Michael Wayland MLIVE September 16, 2012 PONTIAC, MI- Jerad Grace, like many, didn’t know if he would have a job in the automotive industry after 2009. The 27-year-old Clarkston resident was laid off for nine months from General Motors Co.’s Pontiac Stamping… That’s not the case anymore, according to officials. The once scheduled to shutter facility celebrated millions of dollars in investments Friday with more hopefully on the way. Read more…  

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