Aluminum usage within the automotive industry rose 102% between 1990-1998, 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, the association contends. In 1999, light trucks, SUVs and minivans will contain about 256 lbs. of aluminum, while passenger cars will use ...

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