GM yet to jump on aluminum bandwagon

Apr 14, 2014 | 08:49 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  General Motors, material substitution, Chevrolet, Silverado, GMC, Sierra, Ford, F-150 Range Rover

CHICAGO — General Motors Co. has concerns about durability and corrosion when it comes to potentially increased aluminum use in trucks.

"As you look to take mass out of vehicles, you want to make sure that you’re not also taking away something else the customer values," a GM spokesman said in an April 14 interview.

The spokesman for the Detroit-based automaker also questioned the sources of reports that the company is looking to boost aluminum content significantly in its trucks (, Feb. 19). "The source was not somebody at GM. Our guess is it was somebody who’s looking to promote aluminum as a material," he said.....

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