A 2017 survey of automakers by Ducker Worldwide proved aluminum is on the up and up for vehicle content now and into the future. Heidi Brock, CEO of the Aluminum Association, discusses the growth of aluminum in the automotive industry and points out the multi-material vehicle future in this Letter to the Editor featured in Automotive News.
Using aluminum for closures in the doors, fenders, swing gate and windshield surround, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler helps trim weight. Read Aluminum Insider’s feature to learn more about Jeep’s downweighting and fuel savings with the use of aluminum.
The redesigned 2018 Lincoln Navigator boasts an all-aluminum body that improved the vehicle’s weight, towing capacity and fuel economy. Read Auto123’s impression of the 2018 Truck of the Year in its review of the Lincoln Navigator.
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- Lincoln’s all aluminum-bodied 2018 Navigator wins North American Truck of the Year
- Honda’s 2018 Accord with aluminum chassis wins North American Car of Year
- Aluminum a key feature in finalists for all award categories
DETROIT, January 16, 2018 – The aluminum-intensive 2018 Lincoln Navigator was named Truck of the Year and the 2018 Honda Accord was named Car of the Year in the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) Awards, announced Monday, Jan. 15 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). This is the second consecutive year an aluminum-intensive vehicle has won a NACTOY award, a testament to the growing consensus that aluminum builds better cars and trucks, delivering on consumer preference for exceptional performance, safety ratings, fuel efficiency, durability, towing capability and sustainability. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was named North American Car Utility Vehicle of the Year in 2017.
In partnership with WardsAuto, the Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG) presented The Road Ahead: Aluminum Vehicle Content Surge on Wednesday, October 11. Doug Richman, technical committee chairman, ATG and Abey Abraham, project lead and director automotive and materials, Ducker Worldwide detailed new data that confirms automotive aluminum remains the fastest growing automotive material over competing materials and is entering its most unprecedented growth phase. The webinar replay and full presentation are available for download on DriveAluminum.org.
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Light Metal Age Magazine details the importance of mass reduction with aluminum as leading automakers continue their quest toward electrification. The article emphasizes EVs as a key growth market for aluminum and highlights the metal’s role in offsetting the weight of heavy vehicle batteries. The feature further examines the expected growth surge for automotive aluminum as forecasted by the most recent Ducker Worldwide survey of automakers.
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Various weight reduction solutions were discussed during the Society of Automotive Analysts Lightweighting Summit in Detroit last month. Among those solutions, increased aluminum use as an alternative to steel in a multi-material vehicle design was discussed. As panelists shared their insights on ways automakers can identify new opportunities to cut weight and optimize vehicle design, mixed materials are cited as “really the pathway,” by Ducker Worldwide’s Abey Abraham.
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