FORT WAYNE, Ind. — General Motors' new carbon fiber pickup box for the GMC Sierra is the tip of the iceberg for what the automaker could do with the lightweight material.
While automakers have used carbon fiber for supercars and sparingly in other vehicles, including the Chevrolet Corvette, future use cases from GM are expected to be more apparent and accessible for everyday vehicle buyers.
The most logical expansion for the GMC-branded CarbonPro box is for the boxes of the Sierra's sibling, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, as well as GM's next-generation midsize and heavy-duty pickups. The possibilities grow from there, though they're largely dependent on cost.
"It's a structural material," said Mark Voss, engineering group manager for GM's pickup boxes. "Logically, you could deduce that if we make it out of steel, we could make it out of carbon."
Voss, who declined to comment on any potential future use cases, said it's a matter of "wherever it makes business sense, wherever it makes consumer sense."