FRANKFURT – Audi AG and, to a lesser extent, Ferrari SpA are the high-profile players when it comes to building cars from weight-saving aluminum. So it may come as a surprise that Mercedes-Benz actually is the biggest automotive user of aluminum in the world. Mercedes E-Class boasts alloy engine, suspension and subframes. “We use double the amount of aluminum as anybody else,” points out Hans-Dieter Multhaupt, Mercedes vice president responsible for the S-Class, SL, SLK and Maybach. ...

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