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Special report: Vehicle lightweighting

Special report: Vehicle lightweighting-2016

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A successful lightweighting strategy involves much more than simply replacing a few steel panels with aluminium or carbon fibre – it’s about using the right material for the right part in the right place. Lightweighting has become a whole-vehicle concept in itself, improving not only fuel economy and emissions but also vehicle performance and handling.

This exclusive Automotive World report provides top-level insight from a range of influential players in automotive lightweighting, including OEMs, automotive suppliers and materials experts.

Table of contents

  • It’s time to reassess materials for automotive lightweighting
  • Ford’s three-pronged approach to vehicle lightweighting
  • Jaguar Land Rover and the quest for cost-neutral weight saving
  • The shape of steel to come: why ductility matters
  • Can plastics compete in the lightweighting marathon?
  • We live in a multi-material world – facilitated by aluminium
  • The auto industry steels itself for the future
  • Polymer suppliers urge auto OEMs to design for plastics
  • Interview: Christophe Aufrere, Chief Technical Officer, Faurecia
  • New materials require new joining techniques