Researchers involved in a European Union development project say they have come up with a new cost-effective coating technology that makes aluminum auto parts tough enough to replace steel components, potentially cutting overall vehicle weight and boosting fuel economy. Auto makers long have looked to use aluminum and related alloys where they could, but coating surfaces to make such non-ferrous metals sufficiently strong and durable for more widespread applications has been too expensive. ...
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