Alcoa Automotive Wheels has been awarded the wheel program for the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco. The lightweight wheels help the vehicle achieve improved fuel efficiency. Alcoa’s forged aluminum wheels provide increased strength and durability, and they are typically 20% lighter than a comparable cast aluminum wheel. The 17-inch wheels fitted to the Cruze Eco weigh just 17.8 pounds. Alcoa focused on design, engineering and production techniques to lower the overall weight of the wheel. Wheels for the 2011 Cruze Eco will be forged at Alcoa’s Cleveland (Ohio) Works Plant.
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