One of the hottest topics in the industry these days is automakers' expanding use of aluminum, especially for vehicle bodies and platforms. While the lightweight metal has historically been the preserve of premium brands and sports cars, Ford shocked the industry when it announced that its 2015 F-150 would go aluminum-intensive for its new generation. As it turns out, the material change doesn't even mean a big jump in the prices for most of its trims. Possibly in reaction to the big change, Gen
The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) will reveal results from phase two of its Future Steel Vehicle (FSV) program at the 10th Annual Great Designs in Steel seminar in Livonia, MI on Wednesday, May 18th.
As car makers strive to meet increased CAFE standards, a lot of cars will be getting both lighter and more aerodynamic. While aluminum and carbon fiber grab a lot of the lightweight headlines, there's no getting around the fact that cars are going to be made out of steel for a long time to come. So it's no surprise that the steel industry is out to prove that it, too, can be a source for relatively lightweight and aerodynamic products. This week's entry: three new wheel design's that are intende
Volkswagen is making money hand over fist right now thanks to cost cutting measures and increased global sales, and the German automaker wants to keep the good times rolling. High commodity prices for items like steel, aluminum and rubber are beginning to eat away at VW's cash horde, so the German automaker may hike the prices of its vehicles. VW marketing chief Detlef Wittig told reporters that he feels automakers are afraid to raise prices in such a competitive sales environment, and that the
Yesterday the U.S. International Trade Commission lifted tariffs on imported steel from Australia, Canada, France and Japan, and there was much rejoicing in the boardrooms of many automakers that build cars and trucks in the U.S. The tariffs were originally put in place on cheap steel imported into the U.S. from a total of six countries that threatened to collapse the U.S. steel industry back in 1993. Some 13 years later, the U.S. steel industry is healthy, and the tariffs that once were helpful
The Big Six U.S. automakers (General Motors, Ford Motor, Toyota Motor, DaimlerChrysler, Honda Motor and Nissan Motor) are calling for the U.S. International Trade Commission to put an end to heavy tariffs on imported steel. Current tariffs boost the price of high-grade steel from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Korea by about 30 percent, at a time when automakers are struggling with steel prices that have skyrocketed 68 percent in the past two years.