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Welcome to the July issue of ValueNotes Connect.

Automobile manufacturers are in a race against time to lighten the weight of their vehicles in an attempt to meet stricter carbon emission and fuel-economy standards. To put things in perspective, here’s a quote from a fact sheet published by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute “With the burning of gasoline and diesel [in the US] accounting for 59% and 24% of the transportation sector’s emissions, respectively, significant reductions in auto and truck emissions are essential to climate change mitigation efforts.”

Engineers are busy exploring innovative material substitutions for manufacturing vehicles to gain better efficiencies. The auto industry has already seen aluminium, plastics, and composites gradually replace steel over the last few decades. Weight reduction, fuel efficiency, better strength-to-weight ratio, and stricter regulations have been the major reasons for substitution over the years.

Aluminium is the ‘material of choice for many auto manufacturers. Over the next decade, experts expect that aluminium will have a 27% volume share in the body and closure components of a car. Substituting steel with aluminium could lead to up to a 50% weight reduction. Soon, the chassis might be among the few components of a vehicle made of metal…

Road safety has become a huge problem in India. In fact, the government is in the midst of tabling a Bill, which will bring in new vehicle safety standards (providing opportunities and challenges for OEMs) and stricter fines for traffic offenders. Do read about how we recently helped Chevrolet India conduct a study on road accidents in Mumbai as part of their CSR initiative.

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Automotive shifting to lightweight base materials
by ValueNotes
medical-equipment Automotive engineering plays a significant role in improving performance of vehicles, cost reduction, and addressing regulatory mandates. At the same time, OEMs and their suppliers need to optimise on sustainability metrics such as consumption of natural resources, waste treatment and carbon emissions; and also maintain safety standards at production locations.
Aluminium substituting steel in automobiles
by Amulya Cheruvu
CarPrices Aluminium is making inroads into automotives as a ‘material of choice’ as it supports the OEMs’ light-weighting strategies. Jaguar switched to all-aluminium bodies in 2009 with their XJ and XK models. Other luxury brands like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Land Rover soon followed suit. The trend is now catching on among other auto companies as well, with Ford’s F-150 shedding 700 pounds using military-grade aluminium.

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  • CSR initiative of a multinational automobile manufacturer to increase road safety
  • Awareness of ABS + Airbags among OEM dealerships in India
  • Luxury car consumer study in India
  • Opportunity assessment for HVAC control panels in India’s auto sector
  • Location analysis for a multinational automotive parts supplier
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