TROY, MI – The political climate seems ideal for a surge in the use of lightweight-composite materials in cars and trucks, but with the auto industry mired in recession and oil prices half what they were at last year’s peak, no one is predicting this will happen soon. “It will all depend on economics,” says David E. Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research, refusing to make a prediction at the Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition here. The U.S. government is ...

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