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We've already seen carbon fiber wheels on a handful of high-performance models but it looks like they're about to become more mainstream as ThyssenKrupp Carbon Components and Maxion Wheels have teamed up to develop and market new ultra-lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber hybrid wheels to a number of automakers.

The companies have already built and tested prototypes for use on luxury cars and crossovers and they promise weight savings of up to 40% compared to traditional "high performance forged aluminum wheels."  More interestingly, the companies are working with the Volkswagen Group to test prototype wheels on an undisclosed vehicle.

According to ThyssenKrupp Carbon Components Managing Director Dr. Jens Werner, "The cooperation agreement with Maxion Wheels marks an important milestone in the development of our carbon fiber wheel technology.  It shows the technological maturity we have reached and combines our innovations with the leading player in the wheel industry."

Gallery: Volkswagen Group begins testing carbon fiber wheels

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