NOVI, MI – Every car review that remarks on the exquisite handling of the new ’04 BMW 5-Series makes executives at aluminum giant Alcan Inc. smile. The 5-Series is the poster child for a new trend in aluminum use: a material hybrid where the front end of the car, from A-pillar forward, is lightweight aluminum and the back is traditional steel. BMW 5-Series uses aluminum to lighten the front end for better balance. The use of aluminum in vehicles has enjoyed a steady increase, with ...

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