According to a recent report, General Motors, the No. 1 U.S. car manufacturer is developing aluminum-bodied pick-ups. According to our colleagues from The Wall Street Journal, General Motors has signed an agreement with Alcoa and Novelis to supply aluminum for the next generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.
Furthermore, the two companies are now looking to increase the production capacity to meet the increasing demand. I think you believe that this thing sounds odd, but The Wall Street Journal says aluminum sheet for automotive bodies is in such high demand that manufacturers need to lock in orders year ahead of time.
General Motors 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.
Ford has already made the switch. Its popular pickup truck F-150’s latest upgrade’s body is 95 percent made of a military grade aluminum alloy used in Humvees and weighs up to 700 pounds lesser than the current truck.