A successful lightweighting strategy involves much more than simply replacing a few steel panels with aluminium or carbon fibre – it’s about using the right material for the right part in the right place. Lightweighting has become a whole-vehicle concept in itself, improving not only fuel economy and emissions but also vehicle performance and handling.
This exclusive Automotive World report provides top-level insight from a range of influential players in automotive lightweighting, including OEMs, automotive suppliers and materials experts.
Table of contents
- It’s time to reassess materials for automotive lightweighting
- Ford’s three-pronged approach to vehicle lightweighting
- Jaguar Land Rover and the quest for cost-neutral weight saving
- The shape of steel to come: why ductility matters
- Can plastics compete in the lightweighting marathon?
- We live in a multi-material world – facilitated by aluminium
- The auto industry steels itself for the future
- Polymer suppliers urge auto OEMs to design for plastics
- Interview: Christophe Aufrere, Chief Technical Officer, Faurecia
- New materials require new joining techniques