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FROM AUDI AND ALCOA: ALUMINUM LIZZIES
Here come the first mass-produced aluminum cars. On Oct. 23, Alcoa unveiled plans to build a $70 million plant in Soest, Germany, to supply Audi with parts for an aluminum car expected in 1994. The two companies have been working since 1982 on a new manufacturing process for cars with aluminum structural components, or "space frames." The result: a 35% weight reduction. The peak production of 100,000 or so annually would far surpass the roughly 6,000 NSX aluminum sports cars built by Honda. Alcoa expects several more new plants.EDITED BY HARRIS COLLINGWOOD