Lighter Pickups

By on March 10, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS

According to a recent report on Trucks.Com, the lightweighting trend has deeply impacted the pickup truck universe this year. As the report makes clear, a series of popular pickups weighed less when their newest models debuted earlier this year at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. The 2019 Ram 1500 pickup from Fiat Chrysler was 225 pounds lighter than its predecessor, according to the article; the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado was 450 pounds lighter; and the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class truck-style SUV was 375 pounds lighter.

The 2019 Silverado added an aluminum hood, tailgate, and doors, the re-designed 2019 Ram 1500 added aluminum to its tailgate, engine mounts, and parts of the suspension system, and Ford’s 2019 Ranger midsize pickup added aluminum to the hood and tailgate, among other developments. The article adds a recent analysis suggests that the average pickup will be have lost at least 100 pounds between 2015 and 2020, with the extensive use of aluminum being a primary factor.

“Aluminum remains the fastest growing automotive material,” said Abey Abraham, managing director of automotive materials at Ducker Worldwide, an industry research firm. Drucker estimates that by 2020, there will be more than 460 pounds of aluminum in the average vehicle, with new pickups containing 550 pounds of aluminum.