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18Gemballa debuts real diamond finish for cars

Matte. Mirrored chrome. Gold-plated.

25Iced-out Bentley knob

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1High-strength steel to cut vehicle weights and boost fuel economy

Traditional metal sheet forming allows volume production of automotive body parts such as doors and roofs via a process known as deep drawing. The metal spools off a huge roll to be pressed into a corresponding mold by a three-dimensional die. High-strength steel, such as high-alloy hardenable steel or high-nickel maraging steel, is starting to take over from conventional steel though as auto makers look to reduce vehicle weight and boost fuel economy without compromising safety or performance.

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