Report: GM to use aluminum for next-gen pickups

Report: GM to use aluminum for next-gen pickups image

Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Chevrolet | posted August 06, 2015 15:10

Use of traditional steel in GM's trucks may soon be out

It seems that General Motors (GM) have a change of heart as they plan to use aluminum and lightweight steel for its next-generation of pickup trucks and SUVs.

In a report by Reuters, GM will make use of aluminum and lightweight steel to drop weight and improve fuel economy. This means that GM may follow Ford's use of aluminum despite claiming that high strength steel is a better material.

On the other hand, GM will reportedly be investing USD 877 million (around PhP 40.1 billion) to overhaul its factory in Flint, Michigan.

The said investment is part of GM's plan to expand three U.S. truck plants, to install new assembly lines, body welding shops and paint operations for future generations of Silverado pickups and SUVs including the Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade.

Source: Reuters