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Updated in the last quarter, this report has been extracted from QUBE and provides a comprehensive overview of the vehicle lightweighting megatrend, the technologies, materials and suppliers involved, and material content forecasts out to 2030.

Based on exclusive interviews, primary research and proprietary data this study includes:

  • Material developments including aluminium, carbon fibre, magnesium, organics, plastics, composites and steel
  • A comprehensive overview of lightweight developments for each of the following areas: 
    • Body and exterior – body-in-white; doors; front-end modules; glazing
    • Chassis – suspension and braking components
    • Interior – cockpits and seating
    • Powertrain - engines
    • Driveline and fuel systems
  • Exclusive interviews with OE suppliers (news and interviews only available in QUBE) 
  • Updated profiles of the major automotive companies active in providing lightweight solutions
  • PESTER analysis – political, economic, social, technological, environmental and regulatory motivators for this megatrend

You can use this report to:

  • Gain a quick and comprehensive overview of lightweight vehicle manufacturing 
  • Hear direct from leading companies on their strategies and plans
  • Review the latest and most significant technological developments
  • Know the key trends within this area and what's driving them
  • Spot opportunities and threats in this area
  • Establish key companies' latest activities and prospects

Table Of Contents

Global vehicle lightweighting - technology, trends and the future

  • Introduction
  • Pester analysis
  • Body and exterior
    • Body-in-white
      • Aluminium
      • Carbon fibre
      • Magnesium
    • Doors and front-end modules
      • Aluminium
      • Magnesium
      • Organic materials
      • Plastics and composites
      • Steel
    • Glazing
      • Plastics and composites
    • Roofs
      • Magnesium
      • Plastics and composites
      • Steel
  • Chassis
    • Suspension and braking components
      • Aluminium
      • Carbon ceramic disc brakes
      • Organic materials
      • Plastics and composites
      • Steel
    • Tyres
    • Wheels
  • Companies
    • Aluminium
      • Accuride Corporation
      • Alcoa Inc
      • Aleris
      • Bodine Aluminum
      • Constellium
      • Martinrea International
      • Novelis
      • Shiloh Industries Inc
      • Showa Denko
      • Stadco
      • Tenedora Nemak
    • Plastics and composites
      • 3M
      • Asahi Kasei Plastics
      • Autoneum
      • BASF
      • Biomer
      • CIE Automotive SA
      • ContiTech
      • Cooper-Standard Automotive
      • Covestro
      • Dow Automotive Systems
      • DuPont
      • Evonik
      • Faurecia
      • Freudenberg
      • Henkel
      • Honeywell
      • Key Plastics
      • Lanxess
      • LG Chem
      • Magna International
      • Minda Corporation
      • Oerlikon Balzers
      • PPG Industries
      • PT Astra Otoparts
      • Ricardo
      • Saint-Gobain
      • Samvardhana Motherson Group
      • Solvay
      • Toray Industries
      • Toyo Tire and Rubber
      • Toyoda Gosei
      • Trelleborg AB
      • Trinseo
      • Woodbridge Group
      • ZF
    • Steel
      • Aichi Steel
      • Benteler Automotive
      • Gestamp Automocion
      • GF Linamar
      • JFE Steel
      • Kobe Steel
      • NanoSteel Company
      • Posco
      • Sumitomo Corporation
      • Tata Steel
      • ThyssenKrupp
  • Forecasts
    • Aluminium
    • Glass
    • Iron
    • Other materials
    • Plastics
    • Steel
  • Fuel systems
    • Plastics and composites
    • Steel
  • Future developments
    • Concept cars
      • Audi TT Sportback
      • Citroën C1 Urban Ride
      • Citroën C4 Cactus
      • Ford Mondeo
      • Infiniti Q80 Inspiration
      • Magna's MILA Blue
      • Renault Eolab
      • Toyota C-HR
    • Other future vehicle lightweighting developments
      • Composite materials
      • Exhausts
      • Lotus Engineering
      • Smart materials
      • Tubes
      • Ultra-lightweight sports car
      • Volvo's lightweight structural energy storage components
    • Production cars
      • BMW i3 electric vehicle
      • Volkswagen XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle (SEV)
  • Interior
    • Cockpits
      • Magnesium
      • Organic materials
      • Plastics and composites
    • Other
    • Passive safety systems
    • Seating
      • Carbon fibre
      • Magnesium
      • Organic materials
      • Plastics and composites
      • Steel
  • Material development
    • Aluminium
    • Carbon fibre
    • Magnesium
    • Organic materials
    • Plastics and composites
    • Steel
  • Other
    • Adhesives
    • Airbags
    • Batteries
    • Brake pedals
    • Floor mats
    • Foam
    • Glazing
    • Power electronics
    • Starter motors
    • Wiring harnesses
  • Powertrain
    • Aluminium
    • Carbon fibre
    • Magnesium
    • Organic materials
    • Plastics and composites
    • Steel
  • Recycling initiatives
    • Batteries
    • Doors and front-end modules
    • Glass
    • Plastics and composites
    • Seating
    • Steel
    • Tyres
    • Wheels

List of tables

  • Alternative materials: potential weight saving versus cost
  • Aluminium as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Cost of CO2 saving
  • Evaluation of a clutch pedal
  • Examples of alternative materials to steel
  • Glass as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Iron as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Other materials as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Plastics as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Steel as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030


  • Alternative materials: potential weight saving versus cost
  • Aluminium as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Cost of CO2 saving
  • Evaluation of a clutch pedal
  • Examples of alternative materials to steel
  • Glass as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Iron as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Other materials as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Plastics as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Steel as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030

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