A new survey of automakers reveals that by 2025, nearly 75 percent of all new pickup trucks produced in North America will be aluminum-bodied, and the number of vehicles with complete aluminum body structures will reach 18 percent of North American production, as opposed to less than one percent today.
The survey, commissioned by The Aluminum Association and conducted by Ducker Worldwide, included all major North American automakers and reports that Ford, General Motors and Chrysler will become the largest users of aluminum automotive sheet in the next ten years.
According to the survey, automakers anticipate 26.6 percent of all the body and closure parts for light vehicles in North America will be made of aluminum by 2025, increasing aluminum sheet for these parts from 200 million pounds in 2012 to 4 billion pounds by 2025.
This kind of anticipated growth is remarkable. Not only will seven out of ten new pickup trucks produced in North America be aluminum-bodied, but also more than 20 percent of all newly produced SUVs and full-sized sedans. Leading the continent in this material change is the all-new 2015 Ford F-150, scheduled to hit the marketplace later this year. And according to the experts, this is only the beginning.