GM to Use Aluminum Bodies on Next Gen Trucks to Reduce Weight, Boost Fuel Economy
February 19, 2014 12:45 PM
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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
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.”
last redesigned the Silverado/Sierra in 2013
for the 2014 model year.
Wall Street Journal/Reuters
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RE: Time to move some money around
2/19/2014 6:30:19 PM
Alcoa, Tennessee operations (yes there is such a town) had a groundbreaking for a new plant to make this aluminum.
However, Alcoa announced that their Australian operations will stop making aluminium and be shuttered by the end of the year. This is a great new product, but due to dumping on the market by plants in China and Russia, aluminum costs are still down from where they were.
RE: Time to move some money around
2/20/2014 12:06:03 PM
That's because the Australian dollar is really high right now and the government is being worse than the US in terms of regulations. Plus labor is insanely expensive there (and not just from the high dollar).
That's why GM is closing up shop too there.
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