Adding to the possibilities for "life-of-the-vehicle" duty cycles for formerly wear-prone components is news that at least one large automotive supplier is serious about the use of plastic for automotive mufflers. France’s Faurecia SA is developing a lightweight plastic muffler that is said to be cost-competitive with stainless steel, lighter than stainless and presumably would last for the life of the vehicle. The company employs a side-branch design to deliver reduced-temperature ...

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