Aluminum

Caddy CT6 gets own repair network

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

When Cadillac rolls out the new CT6 early next year, the aluminum-skinned vehicle will have dedicated factory-certified repair facilities....
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Cadillac rolls out repair network for aluminum-intensive CT6 sedan

4:52 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2015

The Cadillac CT6, the first aluminum-skinned vehicle from General Motors, will have its own dedicated factory-certified repair facilities. Cadillac is launching the Cadillac Aluminum Repair Network to ensure the lightweight rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan is repaired properly after a crash....
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Audi sees A4 causing segment shake-up

Nov. 11, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi executives are optimistic the arrival of the new A4 will give the Volkswagen Group subsidiary the boost it needs after being overtaken by Mercedes-Benz for second place in global premium car sales....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM's learning curve on lightweighting

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2015

The lightweight body of the new Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan is the most complex ever made by General Motors....
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Auto industry shift to aluminum slower than expected, Novelis warns

1:56 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Novelis, the world's largest rolled aluminum producer, warned on Monday that plans to shift rolling mill capacity to automotive body sheet are progressing slower than anticipated as automakers prove slow to follow Ford's lead in widespread use of the metal....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Ford, GM innovate to remove weight

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

Despite cheap gasoline prices in the U.S., the march to remove weight from light vehicles continues....
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Ford Expedition redesigned, slimmed down for 2018

11:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2015

A camouflaged, full-size, Ford-badged SUV spotted recently in Dearborn, Mich., near Ford's product development center, offers the best view yet of the redesigned aluminum-bodied Expedition, due out as a 2018 model....
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Faurecia will form interior parts venture with China's Beijing WKW

Oct. 16, 2015 11:54 CET

Faurecia will form a joint venture with Beijing WKW Automotive Parts Co. to supply decorative aluminum parts for vehicle interiors to customers including Infiniti and Volvo....
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Jaguar's leaner XF takes aim at BMW 5 series

Oct. 9, 2015 06:01 CET

Jaguar has its sights on the BMW 5 series with its new lighter, smaller XF sedan, which it says is the new benchmark for driving dynamics in the large premium segment....
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Aluminum supplier Alcoa to split into 2 companies

9:47 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Alcoa will split into two companies to separate its struggling aluminum smelting operations from production of lightweight metals for its faster-growing aerospace and automotive business....
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Ford, Alcoa plan to replace more steel with aluminum in F-150

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Ford said it would begin using a new type of aluminum from supplier Alcoa to make some parts for the F-150 pickup later this year, in a step toward eventually replacing more steel components with aluminum....
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Alcoa plans new r&d center for advanced 3D printing processes

11:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

Metals company Alcoa said today it will invest $60 million to expand its r&d center in Pennsylvania to explore ways to make 3D printing viable on an industrial scale to produce parts for the aerospace, automotive and construction sectors....
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PLANT LIFE - PART 3

The Missouri job shop behind Toyota's makeover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2015

Toyota's New Global Architecture strategy is launching at Bodine, the old Missouri casting company Toyota bought 25 years ago....
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Audi makes Q7 more agile, frugal

Aug. 11, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi has packed its new Q7 with a rich mix of advanced technologies that improve safety, comfort and connectivity while simultaneously reducing the large SUV's fuel consumption....
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Novelis: Automakers test stronger aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Novelis has developed a new grade of high-strength aluminum for use on doors, bumpers and other safety-critical areas, but steel industry officials say new blends of ultra-high-strength steel are already available....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The race to find the perfect aluminum alloy

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Novelis is working on lighter, stronger aluminum and sees welding as the future of joining the metal....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why others aren't adopting Ford's aluminum strategy

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

It's starting to look like the switch to all-aluminum bodies for high-volume vehicles may not happen at all. Here's why: Ford's strategy for the change in metals doesn't apply to other automakers....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: It's too early to settle aluminum vs. steel repair-cost debate

11:59 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

It seems like everyone wants to know if the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 is more expensive to repair than the steel-bodied pickup it replaced. We don't know -- and we won't know for a long time....
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Ford F-150 aluminum repairs cost more than steel, IIHS says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that repairing body damage on the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 took longer and cost 26 percent more than on the 2014 F-150 made of steel....
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A car that dropped in from the future

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

In the 1940s, a designer-engineer named Norman Timbs already was experimenting with aluminum and other materials, and was doing it beautifully....
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Renault says strike at Spanish supplier has ended

July 13, 2015 16:22 CET

Renault said a 10-day strike at Spanish aluminum casting supplier Alumalsa had ended and had not significantly hit production....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: So far, F-150's rivals are mostly sticking with steel

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The big switch from steel to aluminum may not happen. So far, other than Ford, automakers have shunned complete aluminum bodies for their pickups....
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Porsche buys Kuka machine tool unit to enhance lightweight production

June 19, 2015 17:24 CET

Porsche has bought the machine tool unit of industrial robot maker Kuka to enhance production of sports cars amid a growing use of lightweight materials. The transaction may cost Porsche between 10 million euros ($11.34 million) and 25 million euros....
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Steelmaker ArcelorMittal shifts strategy in response to Ford's use of aluminum

7:08 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

When Ford confirmed last year it would build its most popular pickup using aluminum, the automaker's steel supplier was caught flat-footed. Now ArcelorMittal, the top worldwide supplier of steel for autos, has built a two-pronged response to try to head off defections by other customers....
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Ford F-150 reaches full production

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Ford Motor Co. has achieved full production of the 2015 F-150 at both plants that build the aluminum-bodied pickups, CFO Bob Shanks said last week. But a shortage of supplier-built frames keeps the plants from running some scheduled overtime....
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