Report: Bmw using more aluminum to reduce vehicle weight

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2010

BMW's use of aluminum, which helps in reducing the vehicle's weight, has increased gradually in recent years. The metal, which is lighter than steel and is recyclable, has become more important for BMW as like other carmakers, it aims to cut the weight of its cars to promote fuel efficiency.

Frank Wienstroth, who handles BMW's communications on the supply chain and sustainability, said that its major changes include the introduction of aluminum doors and hoods in some models as well as casted structural components.

He explained that how aluminum is applied varies considerably between different models. He cited the new 5 series as an example, saying that it has aluminum parts that total nearly 20% of the vehicle weight. 

BMW's Five Series ActiveHybrid concept will go into full-scale production as early as next year. In the transport sector, aluminum recycling rates are estimated at more than 90%.

In the building sector, rates are at 95% while in packaging, it is estimated to be around 35%. Jaguar Land Rover said that the average car weighs about 1,200-1,400 kg, containing around 500-700 kg steel.

Aluminum is likely to be used in wheels and hoods. Use of aluminum also results to other types of savings such as less wear and tear. Earlier this week, BMW posted its best ever quarterly pre-tax profit, boosted by surging sales of luxury cars in China, the relaunch of its 5 series saloon and a weaker euro currency.

Topics: bmw

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Nissan revealed that the new 2017 Rogue Sport crossover will be priced in the U.S. market at $21,420. Specifically, this is for the front-wheel drive version of the Rogue Sport...
by - April 26, 2017
Remember the E30 BMW M3? Yes, the one from 1990. If you remember it right, it was also the company’s most iconic car and probably one of the best BMW...
by - April 26, 2017
Ferrari is cooking up something interesting for us. The last time they released the 488 GTB was two years ago, followed by a 488 Spider and several versions of it....
by - April 26, 2017
After launching the latest version of the BMW M550i xDrive, the German carmaker is now introducing its diesel counterpart -- the new M550d xDrive (G30/G31). Available either as a sedan...
by - April 26, 2017
A lot of news has been going around about the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon lately, and people are arguing whether the 840 horsepower vehicle by Fiat Chrysler should be...
by - April 26, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries