When consumers think about the material makeup of an automobile, they mostly think about the plastics and cloth in the interior, glass in the windows, cast metal in the engine, and the metal sheet in the exterior body, doors, and hood. Not much conversation focuses on the parts not visible from the outside, in particular the suspension components hidden behind the wheels. Mayflower Consulting conducted a recent study that examines the form and function of suspension components and their value to the light metal industry. It also looked at the impact of suspension materials as OEMs shift their vehicles’ powertrains from the internal combustion engine to a mix of electrified products. By exploring this area of the vehicle and providing new information, the study aims to create meaningful business opportunities for aluminum.
Faced with pressing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) 2025 targets, automobile manufacturers are using a number of methods to improve fuel economy. Engine downsizing, turbo