(WXYZ) - As the auto manufacturers are racing to meet the new corporate average fuel economy standards, engineers are racing to find ways to make vehicles lighter but just as safe. Taking weight out of a vehicle typically helps it get better fuel economy.
The Steel Market Institute is demonstrating some of the recent innovations in steel design that are helping manufacturers meet their new goals. Ron Krupitzer, of the Steel Market Institute, tells Action News that "Some of the biggest advancements are in the steel that protects the passenger compartment."
Shawn Morgans of Ford agrees. He tells Action News that engineers have been able to take at least twenty pounds of weight out of the pillar section on the all-new Ford Fusion. Morgans says "Customers and the government are both demanding the better fuel mileage."
Kris Jacobs, from supplier PTM, based in Fair Haven, says it especially important for all of the manufacturers to keep in mind the importance of balancing safety and the need to improve gas mileage.
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