Toyota Looking At Aluminum To Meet Fuel Economy Standards

Toyota’s North American chief executive has revealed that the Japanese carmaker is looking at lightweight materials in order to meet tightening fuel economy standards.

Speaking at an event about Toyota’s expansion of its research and development center in York Township, Jim Lentz said that aluminum is of serious interest for the company.

“We have to look at many, different ways to improve fuel economy. So, obviously, we will be looking at more and more ways to use lightweight materials like aluminum in future products,” Lentz said.

Toyota’s vice president in charge of purchasing and supplier engineering, Robert Young, expanded on this by saying that creating body parts from aluminum will be quite easy. The challenge, he said, will be incorporating the lightweight material into future platform components.

Increasing its use of aluminum won’t come cheap for Toyota however. It is reported that President Trump is considering tariffs and other measures on aluminum and steel not made in the U.S, reports Autonews.


  • notthistimecobber

    You could also try putting some modern engines in your vehicles.

  • emjayay

    Hopefully the nightmare of the misbegotten Trump administration will be over and quite possibly before the allotted four years.

  • Dennis James

    Wow, so when everyone looks at carbon fiber, Toyota finally looks at aluminium. What an achievement 🙂

    • getoffme

      Toyota already uses aluminum in their cars. Fail. And Toyota has used carbon fiber and I believe the new LS has carbon fiber. Double fail.

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  • Bob White

    This is news?

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    The perfect foil for their awful designs.
    *Thank you. I’m here in the afternoons.

  • ediotsavant

    There is a far cheaper method to improve fuel economy. Just use smaller wheels. Not only will you gain at least 10% in fuel economy, you will also get a smoother and more comfortable ride. And when you design your next car for smaller wheels, you will gain more interior space as you don’t need bigger wheel wells to hold them.

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