The bottom line in the Aluminum Association's latest study on aluminum use in cars is not much of a surprise if you've been following the industry: this year, for just about the 40th year in a row, aluminum use in autos will reach an all-time high. And for the same great reason: there's no better way to boost fuel economy, safety, comfort, style and sustainability all at once than by swapping out heavier, less recyclable components for aluminum solutions.
One of the more interesting surprises is the new leadership in this trend: Honda and BMW have risen to the top in terms of aluminum content, passing GM and Nissan.
I keep trying to tell folks that my 2002 Pilot, now passing 105K miles on just its second set of brakes and tires, drives like a Beemer -- it just doesn't look like one.
Now I know why.
Here's a link to download an executive summary of the report.
The Aluminum Assocation will share the results live via webinar on April 7. Here's a link to register.