Car Vehicle Lightweighting Study Provides Good Insight on Automakers’ Efforts To Increase GHG/fuel Economy


The following is a joint statement from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers

WASHINGTON, DC, JANUARY 21, 2016 – “Automakers are increasingly using lightweight materials to help meet greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel economy standards without having to sacrifice the safety and performance of their vehicles. Studies like the one released today by the Center for Automotive Research provide useful insight into the barriers and challenges associated with reducing vehicle mass.

“The study cautions that broad assumptions about fleet lightweighting should not be applied at the vehicle level because each vehicle has its own unique characteristics. This and the other findings identified in the report are important to consider in the upcoming mid-term evaluation for the model year 2022-2025 regulations. We look forward to seeing Phase II of this report.”

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Auto Alliance) is a trade association representing 12 automakers.  Together, our mission is to promote policies that give automakers the freedom and control to build cars and light trucks that are safe, reliable, energy efficient, clean and smart – all so our customers can enjoy greater peace of mind as they go about their daily lives.  Members include BMW Group, FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz USA, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen Group of America and Volvo.  Visit for more information.

The Association of Global Automakers, Inc. represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations. We work with industry leaders, legislators, and regulators to create the kind of public policy that improves vehicle safety, encourages technological innovation, and protects our planet. Our goal is to foster a competitive environment in which more vehicles are designed and built to enhance Americans’ quality of life. For more information, visit