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Reduce Weight to Boost Efficiency and Performance

Driven by increasingly ambitious regulations in North America and around the world, the future of the mobility industry is being shaped by a growing need for improved fuel efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Lightweighting – the process of reducing the weight of a vehicle via a variety of engineering efforts – has emerged as a viable strategy to help original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) reach these new standards across nearly all vehicle platforms.

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Categories: Commercial Vehicle, Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Light Vehicle, Lightweighting, Off-Highway, Regulation, Technology, Vertical Integration

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U.S. Fuel Efficiency Standards Tighten for Commercial Vehicles

As Fuel Economy Standards Change, Fleet Owners and Truck OEMs Require New Approaches

While increasingly stringent fuel economy standards are always a focus for the light-vehicle segment, they are top of mind for the U.S. trucking industry as well. Last month, U.S. President Barack Obama called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to create and issue new fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles by March 2016.

In a statement issued by the White House, President Obama said that while heavy-duty trucks only account for four percent of the vehicles on U.S. highways, they are responsible for about 25 percent of on-road fuel consumption.

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Categories: Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Transportation, Lightweighting, Commercial Vehicle, Regulation

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A “Year of Action” for Improved Fuel Economy in 2014

OEMs Look to Lightweighting and Systems Approach to Meet Regulations

U.S. President Barack Obama proposed a “year of action” in his 2014 State of the Union address, which focused mostly on healthcare, employment, and immigration reform.  However, the president also touched on his commitment to the energy strategy and minimizing oil dependency.  He emphasized how far the nation has come in terms of decreased energy usage, reduced carbon emissions, and improved fuel efficiency...

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Categories: Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Lightweighting, CAE, Transportation

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