Aluminum makes its case for lightweighting in pickup trucks

06/30/2014

Spearheaded by the aluminum-heavy Ford F-150 pickup truck, aluminum is poised to dominate this vehicle category by 2025 according to a survey of automakers conducted by market analyst Ducker Worldwide (Troy, MI). By 2025, more than 75% of all new pickup trucks produced in North America are forecast to be aluminum-bodied. The study was commissioned by The Aluminum Association's Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG).

The study, which reportedly confirms a major breakthrough for automotive aluminum into high-volume vehicles, surveyed all major automakers and reports Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler will become the biggest users of aluminum sheet in the next decade. It also forecasts that the number of vehicles with complete aluminum body structures will reach 18% of North American production, from less than one percent today. Vehicle segments revealed as emerging aluminum content leaders are pickup trucks, sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) and both mid-sized and full-size sedans.
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