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Globally, most engines will displace 1.0-1.9-liters by next year, 52% by 2020

Small, fuel efficient vehicle engines in the 1.0-liter-to-1.9-liter displacement range already make up the lion's share of the global vehicle fleet, and that number is going to get larger. A WardsAuto/AutomotiveCompass global powertrain forecast says the small engines will climb from 49 percent this year to over half next year, and then 52 percent by 2020. While the percentage change isn't much, the volume is huge: 15 million more vehicles.

Graphene composite material is thin like paper, 10 to 13 times stronger than steel

In work recently published in the Journal of Applied Physics, a University of Technology Sydney (UTS) team led by professor Guoxiu Wang presented reproducible test results showing that graphene paper has the potential to revolutionize the automotive industry. How? Well, researchers at UTS have milled raw graphite by purifying and filtering it with chemicals to reshape and reform it into graphene nanosheets. We should explain.

Automakers scramble to strip weight from trucks

2011 Ford F-150 – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Audi diet: Automaker wants to slash weight from entire lineup

Audi Quattro Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

After winning Automotive X-Prize, Edison2 hints at next-gen projects

Edison2's Very Light Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

Automakers will need to focus on "lightweighting" to boost efficiency

Lamborghini's Advanced Composite Research Center – Click above for high-res image gallery