History will consider the past seven decades of automotive materials development slow-paced compared to just the next two. The automobile is being rebuilt from its wheels up to make it more frugal with a gallon of fuel, safer, cleaner, and quieter. To accomplish all this while competing in cost and performance worldwide, the automotive industry is likely to consider every conceivable materials option. As a result, the future for automotive engineering materials is certain to be exciting. While it is unlikely that there will be a complete revolution in types of materials used, there certainly will be greater inter-materials competition. The first phase of that competition -- direct part-for-part materials substitutions to save weight or cost -- is now nearing an end.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 55-59
  • Serial:
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Volume: 88
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
    • ISSN: 0098-2571

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00325169
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM