No matter what happens to the 54.5-mpg federal fuel efficiency mandate in April, suppliers are already rolling out new products and manufacturing processes in support of the pending legislation. “Nobody is saying, ‘Let’s wait and see what happens,’” Lyle Otremba, vice president of Cooper Standard Automotive, told Design News. “The assumption is, it’s going to stay. Besides, the rest of the world isn’t stopping. And if we want to compete on a global stage, we’re going to have to do it...


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