The Big Story: lightweighting innovations

Since the earliest days of the automobile, engineers have liked making big plays with materials. As time goes on, their dreams just seem to get bigger.

General Motorslaunched fleets of plastic-bodied minivans and Saturns in the 1990s; Audi and Jaguar Land Rover have made big splashes with all-aluminium vehicles. Ford arguably has made the biggest materials transition ever with the introduction of the aluminium-bodied F-150 pickup in 2014.

Sometimes these moves are successful and impress car buyers and Wall Street. Other times they are duds. This article was originally published in WardsAuto

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