It seems that the automakers are realizing that consumers won’t all be buying hybrid, electric or other efficient models, so they need to make sure their conventional models are efficient for consumers as well. For this reason, automakers have turned to ‘lightweighting’
“Every automaker we talk to is talking about how they can do more ‘lightweighting,’
One group of the MI dealers has already seen this happen with a popular model: the new Cadillac ATS. This new model weighs 3,315 pounds, which makes it one of the lightest models in its class.
What does the Cadillac have?
· An all-aluminum hood
· Magnesium engine mounts
· Other lightweight materials.
MI dealers may know just how important it is for automakers to reduce the weight on their many conventional cars. The final numbers come down to every 10 percent reduction in weight provides a 6 to 7 percent improvement in fuel economy. The more automakers use this technique the lighter cars will be. Davis says the DOE’s hope is that all cars will be 35 percent lighter by 2025.
Changing the weight will create a longer list of efficient models, and it seems MI dealers will continue to sell them as they come off the assembly line.
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