Polished aluminum is turning into the chrome of the 21st century. The metal is easy to mill and offers a machined look that keeps its luster.
Several concepts at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit use strips of aluminum for grille design, fascia enhancements and interior trim.
This handworked aluminum is expensive, which is why if these concepts turn into production vehicles, the aluminum accents may turn into mere plastic trim.
Right, bare aluminum slab links the headlamps of the Chevrolet SSR.
Below, the GMC Terradyne's macho grille is industrial and imposing.
Right, the grille, headlight trim and fascia on the Ford Equator share a common design theme: bare aluminum.