Aluminum usage within the automotive industry rose 102% between 1990 and 1998, the Aluminum Assn. reports. Environmental regulatory restrictions and consumer demand for safe, fuel efficient vehicles led to a 40% increase in the use of aluminum in North American light trucks, sport/utility vehicles (SUVs) and minivans over the last three years, says the association. In 1999, light trucks, SUVs and minivans will contain about 256 lbs. (116 kg) of aluminum, while passenger cars will use ...

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