From bumpers and trunks to closure panels and engine blocks, aluminum use in cars and trucks continues to rise on top of 40 years of consistent growth. Today, advanced aluminum alloys are the second most used material in the auto industry and the fastest-growing material in the design of new cars and trucks.
The automotive industry is evolving and aluminum is an essential element on the quest to remain competitive. The need for more efficient transportation is driving demand for mass reduction. Automakers have made it clear that they are pursuing an optimized multi-material auto body and structural design approach to meet this need.
Low weight, crash absorbent, durable, corrosion resistant, easily formable and infinitely recyclable, aluminum helps save consumers money at the gas pump while delivering cars and trucks that are safer, greener and better performing. Cars and trucks downweighted with advanced aluminum alloys are more fuel efficient with fewer life cycle carbon emissions as compared to heavier steel vehicles. Aluminum also is a proven force multiplier for powertrain, vehicle battery, aerodynamic and rolling resistance advances. Aluminum simply builds a better vehicle. Here are just a few reasons why.