Nissan Will Cut Vehicle Weight 15% by ’15
Nissan Motor Co. has a plan to improve fuel consumption.
The car maker hopes to decrease the weight of its vehicles 15% by 2015. The result will be a 10% increase in fuel economy.
Toyota wants its cars to go on a diet as well, but to only lose 10%.
Nissan will leverage its ties with materials and autoparts manufacturers. Nissan wants makers to experiment with:
1. carbon fiber compounds,
2. fiberglass-reinforced plastic,
3. magnesium alloys,
4. ultrahigh-tensile steel sheet
Magnesium alloys can reduce the weight of a steering mechanism by 45%.
The formula – 100kg (220lb) reduction of a 1-1.5 ton car improves mileage by 1km per liter.
In America…we need to put drivers on a diet.
What do you think of Nissan's plan?