“The high-volume, mixed-material car is recognized as the longer-term, optimal approach to mass reduction, and most auto companies are headed in this direction.“

The National Academy of SciencesCost, Effectiveness and Deployment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles, June 2015

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.

Aluminum is Growing

Aluminum use in cars and trucks continues to rise on top of 40 years of consistent growth and that is projected to reach average content levels of 514 pounds per vehicle by 2026 (up 12% from 2020 levels).

Average Aluminum Content Per Vehicle

Aluminum is Delivering

As automakers respond to global demands for higher fuel economy, better performance and reduced emissions, without compromising size, safety or capability, manufacturers more and more rely on aluminum to deliver on all fronts.

Number of Stars Aluminum-Bodied Vehicles Earn in Government Crash Tests

Aluminum is Innovating 

Aluminum companies are partnering with automotive customers to develop holistic technology packages to achieve vehicle design and engineering objectives and deliver a continuous innovation flow to include developing and deploying higher strength alloys and closed-loop recycling technologies that add significant economic value.

Amount of Aluminum Scrap Ford Recycles Per Month Using A Closed-Loop System

Aluminum is Investing

Since 2013, the aluminum industry announced U.S. plant expansions and planned investments totaling more than $3 billion to meet increasing automotive customer needs (generating good, domestic manufacturing jobs for the long term). As need arises, aluminum companies will invest even more.

Announced Investments in Capacity Since 2013