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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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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In this forward-looking feature, AutoWeek details electric vehicles anticipated within the next five years. Jaguar’s first battery-powered vehicle, the aluminum-intensive Jaguar I-Pace is mentioned in the 2018 lineup.
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Auto Body Repair Network details the addition of two new member companies, Alcoa Corporation and Tri-Arrows. These two organizations add to the ATG’s membership roster and are leading producers of aluminum alloys for automotive applications.
In a chronological timeline, Boss magazine profiles the many ways The Aluminum Association has advocates for the industry. The profile also includes a look at the present landscape, including current policy activity and additional membership benefits.
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In order to cut weight from the next-generation 5 Series, BMW is testing new methods of aluminum and steel joining. Florian Schek, head of lightweight design and vehicle weight at BMW shares the details with Repairer Driven News.
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