News story today about Holden developing a new model Cruze, using about 39 million in funding from the now obsolete future car fund...
Is this a car with a new type of fuel system? Environmentally more sound? Is there a huge future benefit? Are they using new components and newly developed materials? Not really... they're going to replace some of the steel parts with aluminium.
This will make the car a whole 7% more fuel efficient.
I don't really care about corporate welfare or what govt's throw money at... but this one just seems a bit silly... I think what annoys me more is the ooh ahh factor that the news trumpet the story with, I can't see that its revolutionary.
As a side note, smelting aluminium requires huge amounts of water and electricity.