Print 54 comment(s) - last by mars2k.. on Feb 26 at 10:01 AM

GM plays catchup in the aluminum game

We’ve all heard about the 2015 Ford F-150 and the fact that its aluminum diet allowed it to lose 700 pounds. While the ladder frame of the all-new F-150 is still constructed of high-strength steel, 95 percent of its body structure made of “high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys” according to Ford.
So Ford has gone to aluminum to reduce weight and thus improve fuel economy. Chrysler has gone a completely different route by providing a new V6 diesel engine for the half-ton Ram 1500. So that leaves the industry looking to General Motors to provide a counterpunch in the full-size pickup fuel efficiency wars.
We are now learning that General Motors will take the Ford approach by using aluminum for the body of its next generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size trucks. According to The Wall Street Journal, GM’s hand has been forced by increasingly stringent fuel economy standards (and of course market pressure from rivals).

2014 Chevrolet Silverado
According to the WSJ report, GM is partnering with both Alcoa and Novelis to supply aluminum sheets for its next generation trucks. As we reported earlier this month, Ford has already inked a deal with Novelis to supply aluminum sheets for its F-150.
“There’s isn’t an automotive manufacturer that makes vehicles in North America that we’re not talking to,” said Tom Boney, head of North American automotive business for Novelis, in an interview with The Detroit News. “Our customers will be making announcements fairly regularly over the next six years that will transform the automobile industry.”
GM last redesigned the Silverado/Sierra in 2013 for the 2014 model year.

Source: Wall Street Journal/Reuters

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: Mistake
By Jeffk464 on 2/19/2014 2:48:49 PM , Rating: 1
Best one ever was that last model RX7, what a car. Aluminum body light weight and a turbo rotary engine for extreme weight to HP. Oh yeah, if I were looking for the ultimate classic sports car down the road I think I would grab one of these.

RE: Mistake
By Rukkian on 2/19/2014 4:04:54 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks, I had no idea. I never had (or really wanted) an rx7, so I didn't know.

RE: Mistake
By Reclaimer77 on 2/19/2014 4:10:59 PM , Rating: 2
The scariest/most fun I ever had in a car was a third 'gen RX-7 Turbo. Holy crap, what a blast.

Finding one not ragged to hell at this point, and keeping one running, is a whole different story :(

RE: Mistake
By Brandon Hill on 2/19/2014 5:26:55 PM , Rating: 2
The FD RX-7 did not have an aluminum body. I think you're recalling the NSX.

The FD RX-7 was extremely lightweight, but not due to aluminum.

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki