Like it or not, aluminum is here. Aluminum use in vehicle production has steadily increased during the last several years. Aluminum is quite frequently being used for exterior body panels and is making its way into the structural role of vehicles. Aluminum serves many purposes in vehicle manufacturing. The two primary reasons vehicle makers use aluminum are to reduce weight and provide better handling characteristics.
Aluminum also has great energy-absorbing characteristics, meaning that vehicle makers can produce a lighter vehicle without compromising protection to the vehicle occupants during a collision. Aluminum alloys commonly used for vehicle production can be broken down into two groups, heat-treatable alloys and non-heat-treatable alloys.