Chevrolet has made a few swift kicks at hometown rival Ford for its use of aluminum in its F-150. Despite the continued marketing and advertising, Reuters reports the company still has its eyes on big aluminum plans when the next-generation full-size pickups and SUVs debut.
It’s an educated inference, really. Alongside the $877 million investment announcement at the Flint, Michigan assembly, GM stated it plans to utilize the funds for an all-new body shop, moving the Flint assembly closer to the Flint Metal Center, and for necessary retooling.
It remains to be seen how much aluminum will be used in the next-generation vehicles, but we expect quite a bit, as GM has already locked in deals with aluminum suppliers. But, as we’ve seen with the Cadillac CT6, a mixed-material usage is also likely. Plus, with the introduction of TPO on the 2016 C7 Corvette, the possibilities are wide open as to how GM will reduce weight, and increase fuel economy in its largest of vehicles.
One thing is nearly certain, however, for the inbound Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra plus its SUV cousins: traditional steel is out, and more exotic materials are most definitely in.