Statement by Dr. Richard Klimisch, Vice-President, The Aluminum Association On General Motors' Announcement on Hybrid-Electric Propulsion

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued by
 Dr. Richard Klimisch, Vice-President of The Aluminum Association:
 
     "The aluminum industry congratulates General Motors on its commitment to
 implement advanced technologies to improve fuel economy and satisfy customer
 demands for performance, utility and safety.  Our industry stands ready to
 help GM and other automakers meet these challenges."
     "The automakers know that weight reduction is the best way to improve fuel
 economy and meet the other customer demands as well. For these reasons, the
 use of aluminum has doubled in cars and tripled in the fast growing light
 truck segment during the last decade.  Furthermore, we expect aluminum to
 provide all the same advantages to future vehicles equipped with hybrid
 powertrains.
     "The aluminum industry, through the Auto Aluminum Alliance, has been
 working with auto manufacturers in North America and around the world to
 develop innovative solutions for future generation of cars and trucks-it's no
 wonder that aluminum is the fastest growing material in the automotive
 industry."
 
 

SOURCE Aluminum Association

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