GM Readying Aluminum-Body Trucks By Late 2018

Reuters has reported that General Motors Co. (GM) is working towards a largely aluminum-bodied pickup by late 2018. This comes on the heels of Ford Motor Co. unveiling its 2015 Ford F-150 at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich. in January. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported GM is under pressure from federal fuel efficiency standards.

GM recently locked-in supply contracts with Alcoa, Inc. and Novelis, Inc. and both suppliers are now working to increase their aluminum sheet production to supply the next-generation GM pickup, according to the WSJ. Aluminum sheet for automotive bodies is in such high demand that companies need to order it years in advance, the newspaper said. The number one U.S. auto maker has been working to put its full-size pickup trucks on a severe diet to meet future U.S. fuel economy standards and stay competitive with rival Ford Motor Co.

Reuters reported last July that GM will start using more lightweight materials such as aluminum and composites in place of conventional steel.

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