Next-generation aluminum-bodied pickup trucks from GM will arrive in 2018

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 19, 2014

Following Ford with its 2015 F-150, General Motors is reportedly working towards a largely aluminum-bodied pickup truck as it is under pressure from federal fuel efficiency standards. Set to arrive by late 2018 as a 2019 model according to Wall Street Journal, GM’s next-generation aluminum pickup truck will need to stay competitive with rival Ford in order to keep its sales numbers.

For those who don’t know, GM recently locked-in supply contracts with Alcoa and Novelis and both suppliers are now finding ways to increase aluminum sheet production in order to supply the next-gen GM pickup. According to Wall Street Journal, companies need to order the aluminum sheets for automotive bodies years in advance due to the high demand.

GM already started to put its full-sized pickup trucks on a diet as the aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 will hit the dealerships this fall. According to Reuters, GM will start using more lightweight materials such as composites and aluminum as it needs to replace the conventional steel.

Due to the switch it already made, Ford is few steps ahead of General Motors as the new F-150 body is 95 percent made of a military grade aluminum alloy used also by the Humvees. Moreover, the 2015 Ford F-150 is 700 pounds lighter than the outgoing version.

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