Feb 18 General Motors Co is working
towards a largely aluminum-bodied pickup truck by late 2018,
under pressure from federal fuel efficiency standards, the Wall
Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
GM recently locked-in supply contracts with Alcoa Inc
and Novelis Inc and both suppliers are now working to
increase their aluminum sheet production to supply the
next-generation GM pickup, according to the Journal.
Aluminum sheet for automotive bodies is in such high demand
that companies need to order it years in advance, the newspaper
The No. 1 U.S. auto maker has been working to put its
full-size pickup trucks on a severe diet to meet future U.S.
fuel economy standards and stay competitive with rival Ford
Reuters reported last July that GM will start using more
lightweight materials such as aluminum and composites in place
of conventional steel.
Ford has already made the switch. Its popular pickup truck
F-150's latest upgrade's body is 95 percent made of a military
grade aluminum alloy used in Humvees and weighs up to 700 pounds
lesser than the current truck.
GM, Alcoa and Novelis could not immediately be reached for
comment by Reuters outside of regular U.S. business hours.