U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Touts Aluminum Benefits to Boost Automotive Fuel Economy

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In a visit yesterday to the Livonia,
 Mich. headquarters of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., U.S. Transportation
 Secretary Norman Mineta promoted automotive aluminum applications as a fuel-
 saving technology to be used by automakers in response to demands for more
 fuel-efficient vehicles.
     According to the Associated Press, Mineta, "promoted fuel-saving
 technology such as lightweight aluminum parts and brakes that can harness
 energy and power hybrid motors."
     The following statement is from Steve Larkin, President of the Aluminum
 Association:
 
     "Transportation Secretary Mineta clearly recognizes the value aluminum
 delivers in terms of fuel economy and the environment and we applaud him for
 his leadership and vision.  As fuel prices remain high and global warming
 concerns grow, innovative automakers are at the forefront of using advanced
 materials and technologies to boost fuel economy and reduce green house
 emissions, and aluminum is leading the way.
     The U.S. Department of Transportation recognized the value of aluminum and
 other high strength, low weight materials as the National Highway Traffic
 Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed structural changes last year to the
 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations, using vehicle size, instead
 of weight, to determine the standards which regulate fuel economy and safety.
 The final rule is expected to be issued in the next few months and NHTSA
 officials were quoted as saying they chose size based standards, in part, to
 create incentives to use these high-strength, low weight materials, which
 ensure vehicle safety while improving fuel economy and reducing vehicle
 emissions.
     The Aluminum Association has been tracking the phenomenal growth of this
 material and will be making an announcement on March 7th documenting the
 worldwide movement by automakers to greatly increase aluminum use in
 automotive applications -- no doubt due to aluminum's environmental, safety
 and performance advantages."
 
     The Aluminum Association provided docketed comments and comprehensive
 safety research to NHTSA as part of their CAFE rulemaking.  For more
 information, please contact John Fitzpatrick at (202) 289-2001 or Caroline
 Jeffs at (248) 649-8000.
 
 

SOURCE Aluminum Association

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