Altair Enlighten Award

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Automotive’s Only Award Dedicated to Vehicle Lightweighting

The Altair Enlighten Award is presented in collaboration with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), and recognizes achievements in weight reduction across the automotive industry from motorcycles to passenger cars, light-trucks to commercial vehicles and buses.

Ford Motor Company won the 2015 Altair Enlighten Award for its lightweighting work on the F-150. Find out more here.

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About the Altair Enlighten Award

Announcing the 2015 Enlighten Award

The Altair Enlighten Award honors the greatest achievements in automotive vehicle weight saving each year; to inspire interest from industry, engineering, policymakers, educators, students and the public; to create further competition for new ideas in the industry; and to provide an incentive to share technological advances. The Altair Enlighten Award gives companies involved in automotive design and manufacturing the chance to be recognized as a leader in the development of lightweight solutions.

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The Winners

Since the first award in 2013, two Altair Enlighten Awards have been presented. Take a look at the previous winners below, download a factsheet and watch interviews captured after the presentation ceremony.
2015 | 2014 | 2013
2015 WINNER
Ford Motor Company

2015 Ford F-150

Ford Motor Company – saved up to 700 pounds on the 2015 F-150 through increased use of high-strength steel throughout the frame; the introduction of a first-in-class high-strength, military-grade, aluminium-alloy body; and other lightweight components.

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RUNNER-UP
General Motors

Cadillac ATS/CTS Structure

General Motors: Cadillac – used computer-aided engineering (CAE) development methods to achieve 163.1 pound weight reduction on the Alpha architecture while still providing mass efficiency, stiffness, safety, and structural feel and while delivering improved fuel economy without degrading on-road performance characteristics.

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RUNNER-UP
Faurecia APM

NAFILean (Natural Fibers for Lean Injected Design)

Automotive Performance Materials (APM) and Faurecia – brought sustainable design to instrument panels, center consoles and door panels of the Peugeot 308 by integrating a natural, hemp-based fiber with polypropylene, which allows for complex shapes and architectures along with a weight savings of 20-25 percent.

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2014 Jaguar Land Rover
2014 WINNER
Jaguar Land Rover

2014 Winner:
Jaguar Land Rover

The 2014 Altair Enlighten Award was won by Jaguar Land Rover for its approach to sustainability. Its lightweight vehicle strategy takes a holistic approach to CO2 reduction, linking strategies of weight reduction in the body and chassis systems to powertrain and related secondary weight savings, while maximizing recycled material use and lowering energy consumption during the manufacturing stage.

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RUNNER-UP
Dow Automotive Systems

2014 Runner-Up:
Dow Automotive Systems

Crash Durable Adhesive (CDA) from Dow Automotive provides a reliable joining solution for multi-material designs enabling OEMs to use advanced ultra-lightweight materials to reduce weight and improve fuel economy.

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BASF
2013 WINNER
BASF

2013 Winner:
BASF

BASF Corporation won the inaugural Altair Enlighten Award competition for the development of its thermoplastic composite front seat pan, manufactured for use in the OPEL Astra OPC model passenger car. BASF used virtual simulation technology to identify where material could be removed from the seat pan without negative impact to performance, allowing the weight of the component to be lowered by 45 percent (1.5kg to 0.8kg) compared to the original design.

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RUNNER-UP
ArcelorMittal

RUNNER-UP:
ArcelorMittal

Honda has designed the industry’s first single-piece hot stamped Side Opening Panel Reinforcement (Door Ring) that contributed to significant weight reduction and improved safety and fuel economy performance of the 2014 Honda Acura MDX.

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RUNNER-UP
Plasan Carbon Composites

RUNNER-UP:
Plasan Carbon Composites

Carbon Fibre Composite roof for the 2013 Viper GTS that is both structural and Class A. This component also satisfies FMVSS rollover requirements without additional metallic structural components.

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Award Nominees

Explore the previous entrants to the Altair Enlighten Awards. You can switch between the past years awards by selecting the year below. Hover over each nominee to view more details and download a factsheet.
2015 | 2014 | 2013
General Motors
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Cadillac ATS/CTS Structure

General Motors: Cadillac – used computer-aided engineering (CAE) development methods to achieve 163.1 pound weight reduction on the Alpha architecture while still providing mass efficiency, stiffness, safety, and structural feel and while delivering improved fuel economy without degrading on-road performance characteristics.

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Faurecia APM
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NAFILean (Natural Fibers for Lean Injected Design)

Automotive Performance Materials (APM) and Faurecia – brought sustainable design to instrument panels, center consoles and door panels of the Peugeot 308 by integrating a natural, hemp-based fiber with polypropylene, which allows for complex shapes and architectures along with a weight savings of 20-25 percent.

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Off-road Vehicle Technology Center of BAIC Group
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Off-Road Lightweighting

BAIC Group (Off-road Vehicle Technology Center) – achieved a weight savings of 88.2 pounds in their new vehicle model BJ40 using CFRP, magnesium, aluminum and innovative optimized structuring of the hood, lower control arm, car-roof, chair skeleton and frame.

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Ford, Magna Exteriors, BASF
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Carbon Composite Grille Opening Reinforcement (GOR)

BASF, Ford, Magna Exteriors – increased the overall body stiffness to the front of the Ford Shelby GT 350 Mustang with carbon fiber composite grille opening reinforcements (GOR), achieving a 24 percent reduction in weight.

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Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) and General Motors (Corvette)
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Composite Body Structure & Panels

Created TCA Ultra Lite, an advanced composite material that, depending on the application, is as light as aluminium. This new composite structure forms most of the upper body of the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette C7. The system achieved a weight savings of 20 pounds per vehicle.

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Dana Holding Corporation
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Victor Reinz® Thermoplastic Cylinder Head Cover with MuCell®

Dana Holding Corporation – reduced cylinder head cover weight by 29 percent in the 2015 Ford F-250 through F-550, while still maintaining durability and stability by using MuCell®, a molding technology licensed from Trexel Industries.

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Dow Automotive Systems
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BETAFORCE™ structural polyurethane-based adhesives for automotive lightweight applications

Dow Automotive Systems – created BETAFORCE™, a structural adhesive designed for the demanding design challenges of the 2014 BMW i3. Weight savings for new to previous models are very significant and can range from 176 to almost 440 pounds per vehicle.

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Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies
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Exhaust System for GM K2xx Light Duty Truck

Faurecia: Emissions Control Technologies – implemented an Analysis Led Design and Virtual Validation Process (ALDVV) in the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, which reduced the exhaust system weight 2.5 pounds by decreasing the pipe thickness for the muffler inlet pipe, over axle pipe and tail pipe.

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FTE automotive USA, Inc
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Hydraulic Gear Shift Actuator Module (GSAM) for DCT’s and AMT’s

FTE Automotive USA, Inc. – designed a 35 percent lighter gear shift actuator module for double clutch transmissions to shift in between gears by converting hydraulic pressure into mechanical stroke for the 2015 Audi A4, Q5, A6 and C8.

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Maxion Wheels
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Steel Wheels for Commercial Vehicle and Agricultural Machine

Maxion Wheels – applied a new design process leveraging simulation and optimization processes, achieving a 10 pound weight reduction, which was approved on the toughest durability test in the world called Biaxial, which helps to raise standard of approval and quality of product.

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Trinseo LLC.
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Renault Espace Lift Gate

Trinseo – developed a full thermoplastic lift-gate solution using a selection of optimal combination of LGF-PP and TPO compounds, which has been commercialized and implemented on the serial production of the 2015 Renault Espace, bringing a 10 percent weight savings over the previous metallic version.

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Sika Automotive
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Ultra High Modulus Adhesive for Mixed Material Bonding

Sika Automotive – developed a high-viscous semi-structural one-component adhesive with high elongation and ultra-high modulus, used for bonding mixed materials such as aluminium and carbon fiber reinforced plastic for the chassis of the BMW i3, having no baseline for comparison.

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Volvo-Eicher Commercial Vehicle Ltd.
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Front Axle of the Low and Medium Duty Truck

Volvo-Eicher Commercial Vehicle Ltd: Axle – used material removal techniques to reduce the weight of the front axle of a low and medium duty truck by 20 pounds, creating a fully manufacturable design solution as a direct result of the optimized design process.

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Volvo-Eicher Commercial Vehicle Ltd.
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Cargo Body

Volvo-Eicher Commercial Vehicle Ltd: Cargo Body – used design optimization techniques, integrated brim type panels and rearranging the base frame cross member pitches and side structure pitches to achieve a weight saving of 396.8 pounds per vehicle.

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Volvo-Eicher Commercial Vehicle Ltd.
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Volvo-Eicher Commercial Vehicle Ltd: Cabin Wind Deflector – achieved a 25 percent weight reduction for a wind deflector by utilizing a design optimization process when compared to the baseline design.

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Volvo-Eicher Commercial Vehicle Ltd.
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Volvo-Eicher Commercial Vehicle Ltd: Transmission – established a 30 percent weight reduction without increasing costs, while also improving the performance, reliability, durability, and safety of the product by establishing a new process of design, CAE, prototyping, validation and line improvements.

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Runner-Up: Dow Automotive Systems

This BETAMATE™ two-part epoxy structural adhesive is an industry-first material engineered to enable a new automated robotic process for untreated aluminum bonding.

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Dow Automotive Systems

Crash Durable Adhesive (CDA) from Dow Automotive provides a reliable joining solution for multi-material designs enabling OEMs to use advanced ultra-lightweight materials to reduce weight and improve fuel economy.

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Chrysler, SABIC &
Intertec Systems

This part is an instrument panel retainer molded at 2.0 mm material thickness in long glass fiber polypropylene (LGFPP) composite resin.

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Continental Structural Plastics

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) supplies the doors, fenders, quarter panels and hatch on the 2014 C7 Coupe; and the doors, fenders, quarter panels and deck lid on the C7 Convertible. These Class A body panels are all manufactured utilizing our propriety mid-density Tough Class A SMC (TCA Lite) for the outer panels.

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Grede Holdings LLC

Class 8 highway tractor tandem rear air suspension frame bracket. The previous casting design weighed 39 lbs. whereas the new casting design weighs 30 lbs., a 23.1% decrease in weight.

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LANXESS Corporation

The component is a full-load carrying, all-thermoplastic, structural front end carrier with no additional metal reinforcements. Features integrated into the carrier are the radiator and hood latch mounting points as well as the attachments for the headlamps, hood bumpers, anti-theft system and air ducts.

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MAHLE North America

The connecting rod is part of the engine combustion system. It transfers the resulting forces of the combustion energy from a translational (up and down) movement into rotational movement of the crankshaft. The lighter the masses the better the impact on friction and fuel consumption.

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Maruti Suzuki India Limited

Engine mounts form an indispensable part of the powerhouse of an automobile. A lighter engine mount can help to achieve better fuel economy and lower emission levels, thereby improving overall engine performance.

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Multimatic Inc.

Front lower suspension control arm for a passenger car. Stamped clamshell design with forged ball joint housing and handling bushing pin.

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Shiloh Industries, Inc.

ShilohCore Acoustic Panel Laminate (APL) Front of Dash Panel. Weight saving between 1 and 2kg (2.2 and 4.4 lbs) for a dash panel application, depending on the alternative damping treatments that are being replaced.

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Runner-up: ArcelorMittal

Honda has designed the industry's first single-piece hot stamped Side Opening Panel Reinforcement (Door Ring) that contributed to significant weight reduction and improved safety and fuel economy performance of the 2014 Honda Acura MDX.

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Runner-up: Plasan Carbon Composites

Carbon Fibre Composite roof for the 2013 Viper GTS that is both structural and Class A. This component also satisfies FMVSS rollover requirements without additional metallic structural components.

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Autoliv India Pvt Ltd

The main function of the steering wheel is to transmit the torque from the driver to the vehicle. It will also support (without fracture) and contain driver air bag cushion during deployment and occupant ride down. The armature has a hub, a rim surrounding the hub, and radial spokes extending between the hub and the rim.

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Henkel Corporation

Lightweighting technology: 65 percent weight savings with composite leaf springs manufactured at Benteler-SGL by using Henkel's Loctite matrix resin.

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Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

All new chassis for 3-row unibody CUV. The chassis consists of suspension, wheels, tires, axles, hubs, bearings, propeller shaft, brake systems, engine mounts, engine cradle and rear subframe, steering system, mechanical controls, fuel, and exhaust systems.

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Mack Trucks (Volvo)

The Mack Twin Y is a trailing arm style suspension featuring two stamped high strength steel blades which clamp the top and bottom surfaces of the axle.

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Mahindra&Mahindra

Vehicle body systems consists of several sheet metal panels of different sizes. Panels are stamped and welded together using spot weld, seam welding, etc to form a cabin structure used for passenger seating. Achieving higher stiffness with lesser weight is the major design challenge here in the body system.

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Mahindra&Mahindra

The crankcase is one of the critical components of an engine. It houses the cranktrain, connecting rod and piston. It carries the loads generated by combustion, inertia loads from rotating and reciprocating components of engine. It is a major contributor for weight of the engine.

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Monstevens

The Chameleon is a one piece full size cargo van partition with console. It is molded from High Impact ABS and designed to keep the cab cool or heated by sealing off the cargo area and providing protection for the occupants from flying objects.

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The Rules

The 2015 Altair Enlighten Award (“Award”) is open to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), systems/parts suppliers and materials suppliers from all automotive industry segments, who are nominated (as defined below) for the Altair Enlighten Award (“Nominee(s)”). Altair Engineering, Inc. (“Altair”) and the Center for Automotive Research (“CAR”) are the sponsors of this Award (Altair and CAR collectively, the “Sponsor”). These Award rules govern the Award (“Award Rules”). View Rules

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Altair Enlighten Award 2015 Rules

Eligibility

The 2015 Altair Enlighten Award (“Award”) is open to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), systems/parts suppliers and materials suppliers from all automotive industry segments, who are nominated (as defined below) for the Altair Enlighten Award (“Nominee(s)”). Altair Engineering, Inc. (“Altair”) and the Center for Automotive Research (“CAR”) are the sponsors of this Award (Altair and CARcollectively, the “Sponsor”). These Award rules govern the Award (“Award Rules”).

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