From the Ford GT to the F-150: Aluminum Extrusion Aids Auto Lightweighting

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[Brampton, ON – January 2015] – Lynn Brown, Aluminum Extruders Council and Joe Jackman, ALMAG Aluminum

By 2025, US automakers must deliver fleet fuel economy of 54.5 mpg to avoid government penalties of $55 per mile shortfall, per car. That target was established by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2012 to curtail US energy consumption and limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Automakers have challenged their engineering teams to rethink vehicle architecture and pursue new technologies to achieve this goal, while still creating the kind of cars that Americans want to buy and drive. Among other strategies, aluminum extrusion is a growing part of the lightweighting solutions automakers are adopting to meet this goal.

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