The ’04 model year may be a turning point for aluminum in the auto industry. After surpassing plastics in 2001 as third most-used material in the auto industry, behind steel and iron, aluminum rolls into ’04 with two major breakthrough programs – the Jaguar XJ and BMW 5-Series. Jaguar ’04 XJ features all-aluminum unibody. The ’04 models are two of the most aluminum-intensive, mainstream vehicles in automotive history, continuing an expansion trend that has seen aluminum use ...

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