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LIGHTWEIGHTING Got your sights set on 2025? What about 2050? Welcome to the standards-chasing marathon.


Mixed materials just starting to play out in auto industry


Bill Koenig Senior Editor


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ightweighting is changing the way the auto industry does business. That was on display in early August dur- ing the annual Management Briefing Seminars in Acme,


MI, near the resort town of Traverse City. Lightweighting was one of the major topics of the event, organized by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR; Ann Arbor, MI).


One of the events at the seminars


was the fourth Altair Enlighten Award, created specifically for innovation in reducing vehicle weight. One is given to an automaker, the other to a supplier. General Motors Co. (Detroit) was the


vehicle maker winner for its 2016 Cadil- lac CT6, featuring an “aluminum inten- sive” structure complemented by high- strength steel. In all, the model uses 11 different materials.


GM recently won acco- lades for cutting vehicle weight. Fernando Kram- beck, Cadillac CT6 pro- gram engineering man- ager, center, was flanked at the Management Briefing Seminars by Center for Automotive Research CEO Jay Baron, left, and Rich- ard Yen, senior VP, global automotive, Altair.


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