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
-- 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