Cars and trucks got bigger and heavier, yielding gains for suppliers of most materials; the aluminum industry enjoyed both great victories and terrible disappointments and carbon fiber got its biggest boost ever. All-in-all 2002 amounted to a tumultuous year for automotive materials. The trade paper American Metal Market estimated that ’03 model year light vehicles built in North America likely would weigh-in 20 lbs. (9 kg) heavier than ’02 models, thanks mostly to the growing popularity ...

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