GM Wins Altair Enlighten Award’s Full-Vehicle

By on July 30, 2018 in IN THE NEWS

This year’s winner of the Altair Enlighten Award’s full-vehicle category is General Motors’ 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, which weighed in at an impressive 450 pounds (204.5 kilograms) lighter than its predecessor.

The award, given out by Altair and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), honors the greatest achievements in vehicle-weight savings each year. Inspiring interest from industry, policymakers, educators, students and the public, the award incentivizes automotive lightweighting advancements and provides a global platform to recognize and share technological achievements. The award is judged by an independent panel of automotive industry experts, academia and the engineering media who selected six winners from a field of 57 finalists this year.

BMW Group took the Module category with the first 3-D printed metal component used in a production series vehicle, resulting in a 44-percent component weight savings on the 2018 BMW i8 Roadster. Asahi Kasei Corporation’s Super Lightweight Pedal Bracket for the Mazda MX-5, Sika Automotive’s Ultra Lightweight Constrained Layer Material System, and United States Steel Corporation’s Martensitic Advanced High Strength Steel, Mart-Ten™ 1500 took the top honors in the Enabling Technology category. The award for the new Future of Lightweighting category went to American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. (AAM) for its Quantum Driveline Architecture program.

“It was impressive to see the high quality of this year’s Altair Enlighten Award applications. Nominations from OEMs, suppliers, materials technology companies, startups and academia demonstrate the tremendous and varied weight-reduction effort being achieved across the global automotive industry,” said judging chair Carla Bailo, president and CEO of CAR. “We were also thrilled at the response to the new Future of Lightweighting category introduced this year, which highlighted some highly innovative solutions holding great promise to advance fuel efficiency and automotive sustainability.”