Case Studies 

Alcoa is leading the charge on the increased use of aluminum in the auto market.


Aluminum Goes Mass-Market With Ford F-150


Aluminum is no longer just for luxury vehicles. It's transitioning to mass market with Ford's F-150, shedding 700 pounds with military-grade aluminum.  Ford's decision to go to an aluminum body F-150, starting with the 2015 model year, is a big marker of the nation's shift to fuel efficiency. The pickup America's best-selling vehicle and an iconic element of the Ford brand.

 

Ford's Procurement Chief, Jau Thai-Tand, touted Ford's collaboration with two key suppliers for having the supply for the new aluminum-intensive F-150 pickup truck at Automotive News World Congress.

 

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Aluminum Tesla Model S Achieves Best Safety Rating of Any Car Ever Tested


The driving force behind Tesla's Model S is the aluminum-intensive design, which saves Tesla precious pounds and enables the car to deliver performance never dreamed possible from an all-electric car. At 4,650 pounds, Tesla needed the weight savings from aluminum, in this case roughly 33% over steel, or more than 200 pounds, to offset its hefty battery pack. Aluminum represents the next generation for the automobile industry.

 

 

Aluminum is Superior for Ferrari


Ferrari has been using aluminum since the mid-1940’s, for engine blocks and bodywork. Today, Ferrari is one of many luxury sports car manufacturers to use aluminum for everything from the chassis or spaceframe to the body.

 

 


Cadillac ATS Stamped in Aluminum


Alcoa built the hood for the Cadillac ATS which has been praised for innovative lightweighting and was named car of the year by Esquire magazine. To obtain fuel efficiencies that reduce consumer cost and meet stricter Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, Alcoa’s automotive customers are rapidly replacing steel with durable, lightweight aluminum in automobiles.

 

 


Alcoa Develops Ultra-Lightweight Aluminum Spaceframe for Audi A8


Alcoa’s innovation history in the automotive market is strong. In 1982, Alcoa formed an agreement with Audi to develop new manufacturing techniques to produce an ultra-lightweight aluminum spaceframe. The result was the 1994 Audi A8, which weighed as much as a car a whole segment smaller.