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Weight Reduction in Automotive Design

Weight Reduction in Automotive Design

Publication Date: 21/01/2016
Number of Pages: 157

IHS SupplierBusiness' latest report looks at the challenges and opportunities in the lightweighting in the automotive industry

Weight reduction is again a priority across the industry, as strict new regulations push for greater vehicle efficiency/CO2 reduction in the US and Europe. From the smallest fasteners to entire vehicle architectures, engineers are wringing excess weight out of new components and systems, while looking for new ways to lighten existing designs.

Although the motivations for and benefits of automotive weight reduction are plentiful, a number of barriers exist to the development of lighter, more streamlined and mass-efficient vehicles. The IHS SupplierBusiness Weight Reduction in Automotive Design report looks at weight saving methods, competition between OEMs, barriers, drivers and government regulation.

Introduction   

Emissions Regulations by Region   
     Europe   
     Germany    
     United States   
     China   
     Japan   
     South Korea   
The long-established battle between aluminium and steel  
Future use of aluminium – and geographic variations   

     North America  
Plastics and composites – the alternative to steel and aluminium  

OEM Strategies

BMW  
Daimler/Mercedes-Benz   
Fiat Chrysler   
Ford   
General Motors   
Hyundai-Kia  
Jaguar Land Rover   
PSA  
Renault-Nissan 
Toyota  
Volkswagen Group  
Volvo   
Other   
Platform Analysis  

Other Materials

Carbon-fiber
     Feedstock capacity constraint, but which feedstock?   
     Cost headache    
     Search for a process for mass production   
     A different supply base    
     Collaborations   
Plastics   
     Thermoplastic Polyester Engineering Resins    
     High-Performance Thermoplastics    
     Polycarbonate    
     Polyurethane Elastomers    
     Aromatic Ketone Polymers   
     Supplier Developments   

Product developments   

Aluminium   
Steel   

Supplier Profiles

Alcoa   
ArcelorMittal   
BASF  
Bayer  
Constellium   
Hydro Aluminium  
Nippon Seiki  
Novelis 

 

 

Tables

Table 1: Passenger car CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, normalized to NEDC   
Table 2: C-class estate % weight of body by lightweight metals   
 

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