When it comes to taking weight out of a vehicle no detail is too small, including the electric wiring harness that snakes it way through every car and truck and typically tips the scales at up to 50 lbs. (23 kg). Steve Merkt, president-Transportation Solutions, TE Connectivity, says auto makers increasingly are looking to aluminum, rather than copper, wiring to drive down vehicle mass to help meet looming federal fuel-economy regulations. Until now, cost has kept the auto industry from ...

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