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Fuel economy is at an all-time premium and saving weight is one of the best ways to improve it. To that end, a number of car makers are no longer such as a spare tire, among other methods of cutting the total curb weight of vehicles. Are you looking to purchase or sell a new or used truck? If this sounds like you, do yourself a favor and review Courtesy used cars. Want to know find out more about Courtesy Ford? Courtesy Ford.

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In 2011, according to Reuters, a number of car makers stopped installing spare tires in new cars to cut back weight, thereby improving fuel economy. Extra weight means engines have to work harder getting from Point A to Point B and thus, use more fuel.

A ton of carmakers no longer sell vehicles with vehicles, and it all started with General Motors. Hyundai Motors stopped putting spares in the standard Elantra in 2011 while BMW sells cars with run-flat tires now instead of spares, according to AutoGuide. The 2012 Buick Regal GS and Regal LaCrosse hybrids will not have spares, and according to CBS Denver, the Volvo will no longer come with spare tires. In 2011, Hyundai Motors stopped putting spares in its Elantra, according to the Los Angeles Times, and Kia stopped putting spares in the 2012 Optima model.

Because of this, 20 percent of new automobiles sold in the first 10 months of 2011, according to Reuters, did not come with a spare tire.

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The reason car makers are apt to lose the spares in favor of patch kits and in-car air compressors are that the numbers are right. In other words, potential fuel savings combined with the improved fuel economy of reduced weight make a compelling argument against spare tires. Full-size trucks and SUVs, though, are not affected as a full-size spare is basically mandatory.

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According to USA Today, flat fix kits weigh around 6 pounds, compared to a tire, jack and wrench kit that weighs upward of 30 pounds with a temporary “donut” spare tire and 50 pounds with a full-size spare. Every 10 percent reduction in weight is generally imagined to yield up to 7 percent better fuel economy; an improvement of 1 mile per gallon can save upward of $100 per year in gasoline.

A third of respondents to a Michelin survey found that many people were going 10 or more years without flat tires while two-thirds of respondents said that they found the flat in their driveway. General Motors found that most people will not get a flat or will get one every 30,000 to 40,000 miles.

Other things to lose weight

A lot of car makers are attempting desperately to create lighter automobiles to increase fuel efficiency. This includes a number of different methods, according to AutoGuide. Hyundai Motors is using high-strength, lower-weight steel alloy on the body to cut back weight by hundreds of pounds while Mazda’s “SkyActiv” design is intended to use lighter material and other techniques to drop 200 pounds from any given vehicle. A lot of people are using turbocharged small-displacement engines and other things to save on fuel.

In order to get the vehicles to lose weight, brands such as Jaguar and Audi are using aluminum chassis. Spare tires are not the only thing automakers are looking into.

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