Passenger Vehicles Shed Weight in India

Tuesday 12 May 2009, 00:00 AM by Satish Kalepu

Even the cars in India seem to be bent upon losing some weight! Slim is In! Auto manufacturers in India are trying to use lighter materials for manufacturing cars in India without compromising on the safety standards. Prominent car makers like Maruti, Honda, Tata Motors and Hyundai are trying to reduce the body weight by using lighter materials like high tensile steel and plastic or using aluminium parts. The main aim is to make cars more fuel efficient yet as safer as before.

According to the industry experts, the vehicle may turn out to be nearly 5-12 percent lighter than before and result in more fuel efficient and eco-friendly model. “Weight seems to be one thing that can bring about the biggest gain in terms of overall carbon dioxide reduction, apart from enhancing the vehicle’s performance and reducing fuel consumption,” says Adil Jal Darukhanawala, editor-in-chief, Times Zigwheels.

The upcoming model Mauti Ritz and Tata Nano are expected to have used such materials making them lighter and using small capacity engine. The new model from Honda, Jazz, is also made of lighter materials and is made on same platform as Honda City. It will use similar components as Honda City which will enable the company to price it competitively in the market.

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