Fuel Economy & Footprint: What Does it Have to do with Mass Reduction?Dave Mason, Vice President, Global Automotive
CAFE standards for model year 2017 have automakers looking towards lightweight materials to help meet automotive fuel economy benchmarks.
Prior to model year 2011, all manufacturer vehicle fleets needed to meet the same basic fuel economy targets: 27.5 mpg for passenger cars and 23.5 mpg for light trucks. To meet fuel economy CAFE standards for a particular model year, manufacturers would often offset the sales of less fuel efficient vehicles with smaller fuel efficient vehicles. This has led to the belief that any increase in CAFE requirements would result in the demise of larger vehicles.
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