Originally Posted by NHB
Cars have been getting leaner for some time already. I would say that here in Europe almost all new models are lighter than their predeseccors. The tide has changed.
I'm not in Europe, but anyway, eventually some different alloys used there might provide a higher tensile strenght to weight ratio than what is used in my country, and this would allow some weight reduction. Engine downsizing seems to be taken more seriously there too, while 3-cylinder engines started to become mainstream in my country just about 4 years ago.