It’s a General Motors theme right now: weight loss. With each new product, it seems weight is dramatically reduced, and for good reason, too. Fuel economy, performance and more all benefit when the pounds are shed, no matter the vehicle type.
GM, and specifically Cadillac, have been recognized for the efforts, as the automaker and brand were bestowed with the 2016 Altair Enlighten Award. The award recognizes those who have gone through great efforts in vehicle lightweighting technologies and processes.
The 2016 Cadillac CT6 was the entrant earning GM the award in the OEM-focused, full-vehicle category.
“The winners of this year’s award deserve the auto industry’s recognition and respect for their innovative use of lightweighting methodologies. Cadillac’s CT6 is a work of art that was carefully and skillfully designed and engineered by General Motors,” says Richard Yen, Senior Vice President, Global Automotive at Altair.
The Cadillac CT6’s Omega platform features a complex mixed-material architecture and its assembly and build process features the first application of steel to aluminum welding, a process GM pioneered.
“This award is recognition of one of the most-advanced body systems we’ve ever produced,” said Lyndon Lie, CT6 chief engineer. “Even better than the award, this new formula of producing a prestige luxury sedan directly benefits CT6 buyers with a vehicle that is lighter, more efficient, and more fun to drive than any other vehicle of its size.”