Detroit's Appetite for Aluminum Keeps Growing
Auto Makers Plan to Use Lightweight Metal to Cut Pounds, Save Fuel in Big Vehicles
By MIKE RAMSEY and JOHN W. MILLER
The Wall Street Journal
June 11, 2014 7:40 p.m. ET
Auto makers plan a broad shift to aluminum from steel in larger vehicles over the next decade in North America, and 18% of all vehicles will have all-aluminum bodies by 2025, compared with less than 1% now, according to an industry study released this week.
The report by consultants Ducker Worldwide indicates that Ford Motor Co.F -1.12% 's decision to employ an aluminum body for its coming 2015 F-150 pickup truck is proving a trigger for an extensive move by auto makers and their suppliers toward lightweight materials for pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles to help them meet coming fuel economy standards, rather than push consumers into buying mostly small cars.
Ducker's survey of industry executives was conducted on behalf of the Aluminum Transportation Group, a trade association, according to the seventh edition of the study, which has been published every two to three years since the early 1990s.