Report: Chevy's Gonna Start Making Aluminum Trucks Too

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So after a whole ad campaign crapping on Ford’s aluminum F-150, sources say GM’s planning “significant model changes” on the Chevy Silverado, Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade for 2018 including more use of aluminum and lightweight steel. You can’t make this stuff up.

Reuters’ Joseph White writes; “People familiar with the company’s plans say GM’s next-generation pickups and SUVs will make use of various materials, including aluminum and lightweight steel, to shed weight and gain fuel efficiency to meet tougher federal standards.”

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GM is said to be spending $877 million to retool their Flint, Michigan factory as the last chunk of a $5.4 billion spending spree to dial up their facilities.

Meanwhile Automotive News says GM is working up proprietary assembly techniques to put a mix of steel and aluminum in the new Cadillac CT6, and they reckon the company will “use this same approach for the next generation of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.”

We’ve seen some scary reports on repairability for the new aluminum-bodied F-150, it’ll be interesting to see how that goes for the next iteration of Chevy and GMC pickups.

If trucks have to keep hitting tow/haul capacities that rival container ships, and carry all the safety and luxury gadgets buyers seem happy to plunk crazy money down on, and hit high MPG standards, something’s gotta give.

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The trucks have to get lighter, or sleekier, or get more gears. Or maybe all three and more, I don’t know, I’m not an engineer. But I do know aluminum is a lighter material to make vehicles out of than steel, Ford seems to have proven it’s just as safe as steel, and I don’t see how GM or Chrysler are going to get away from using it in their future trucks. Or should I say, using it more than they already do.

Wonder what the bears will say about it?

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Andrew P. Collins is Jalopnik’s off-road and adventure guy. Shoot him an email at andrew@jalopnik.com or hit him up on Twitter @andr3wcollins to talk trucks.

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Dear people who think this could only mean Chevy will make their truck bodies entirely out of aluminum like ford:

no.

This means that some components like hood, roof and some unseen panels will use aluminum. This is not a new trend, Chevy uses aluminum right now on the hoods of Silverado’s, for example. Aluminum control arms, and other suspension parts are a possibility too.

GM should be lambasted for their lame smear campaign against aluminum, but this is NOT the same thing as capitulation to the Ford way. If the new Silverado ends up being aluminum bodied in the same fashion as the current F150, Andrew can come out to Utah and slap me in my face.