Report: Future of lightweighting may mean more plastic

Automakers continue to push ahead with lightweighting strategies to meet 2025 CAFE standards, even as the political climate in the US puts the future of those standards in doubt.

Wilmington, Delaware — September 4, 2017 — Plastic may be on its way up and multi-material construction may be less popular in the future, according to a survey conducted by Ward’s Auto. The seventh annual Ward’s Automotive Trends survey suggests that automakers are moving forward with numerous strategies to reduce vehicle weights and improve fuel […]

US reassesses CAFE standards, OEMs still have to drop pounds

A federal assessment of the CAFE standard has brought about a new fuel mileage target for 2025 deadline.

By Mike Pickford Los Angeles, California — July 27, 2017 — The industry wide push to improve fuel economy amongst North American vehicles remains as relentless as ever. Following up on the well-documented CAFE standards, US federal and California state environmental regulators released an extensive technical study last week, indicating collision repairers both sides of […]