Everyone is already well aware of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 and its advanced mixed material usage. Cadillac is the first General Motors brand to utilize the Omega platform, which uses advanced joining and welding techniques to create one of the most intelligently engineered platforms from GM to date.
Novelis, the aluminum supplier for Cadillac, has stepped into the limelight, however, to give us more details on where its aluminum can be found. Specifically, 62-percent of the company’s aluminum makes its way into the 2016 CT6 sedan, making its weight comparable to the smaller CTS sedan, despite the CT6 being a much larger car.
Aluminum spot welding technology also helps reduce the chunk of a full-size platform, and in the process, creates an even stronger and more efficient chassis. Laser welding, flow drill fasteners and self-piercing rivets are also used, along with nearly 600 feet of advanced structural adhesives.
The processes and technology help the CT6 sedan shave 220-pounds from its curb weight, creating one of the most nimble cars in its class. Now, we wait for the Omega platform to show up elsewhere within a General Motors brand.