Weight Reduction Vital to Helping Automakers Meet Proposed Fuel Economy Regulations

Apr 24, 2008, 01:00 ET from Aluminum Association

    TROY, Mich., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The following comment in response
 to the U.S. DOT's proposed new fuel economy standards can be attributed to
 Buddy Stemple, Chair of the Aluminum Association's Auto and Light Truck
     "For automakers to meet the U.S. DOT's proposed fuel economy standards
 of a 35 mile-per-gallon average by 2020, powertrain advances alone won't
 get the job done and cutting weight must be part of the solution. The
 status quo in the industry is dead and the days of heavy, standard
 gasoline-burning vehicles are numbered. Automakers are moving quickly on
 hybrids, clean diesels, ethanol and even fuel cells -- and reducing vehicle
 weight with high strength, low weight materials like aluminum is vital to
 making each of those options even more efficient. 'Smart weighting' with
 aluminum is proven to reduce a vehicle's weight to boost fuel economy and
 cut emissions, while making it larger for safety and comfort. Consumers win
 when lighter, safer -- and sometimes even larger -- cars drive further on a
 gallon of gas while emitting less from the tailpipe -- aluminum makes it
Additional facts Mr. Stemple can address in interviews: -- Reducing vehicle weight is a safe, proven way to boost fuel economy and cut tailpipe emissions. -- Leading automakers recently have stated the need to revisit lightweighting options to improve fuel economy. -- Cutting weight with aluminum can make hybrids and clean diesels even more efficient while reducing the payback period for consumers. -- A range of new concept cars from Jeep to Mitsubishi feature all-aluminum frames and body panels -- Studies show aluminum can help pay for itself in terms of efficiencies gained. -- Automakers and federal regulators agree that using advanced, high strength, low weight materials like aluminum can save fuel and reduce emissions without compromising safety. -- "Smart weighting" with aluminum lets automakers reduce weight for better fuel economy and reduced emissions, while actually making the car bigger for safety and comfort; Jaguar XJ is an on-the-road example of smart weighting. -- New alloys and advanced processing technologies make aluminum easier to use in high volume applications than ever before. Visit www.autoaluminum.org for more information.

SOURCE Aluminum Association