Why are GM vehicles getting lighter?
Each of the four main General Motors brands works hard to do their part to keep the Earth clean for future generations. Within the automotive industry that can be especially challenging until we find ways to get completely away from dirty fossil fuels. A lot of strides have been made with hybrid technology found in the Chevy Volt and electric battery technology found in the Chevy Bolt EV. That is only the beginning. In order to help traditionally-powered vehicle do their part, most of the high-volume vehicles sold by Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick have been redesigned to be lighter overall, thus raising their efficiency scores.
“We start with an understanding of the most important attributes to the customer, be it performance, EV range, interior space, towing capacity or fuel economy,” Charlie Klein, GM executive director, global CO2 strategy, energy, mass and aerodynamics said in a press release. “Then, we work to find the right mix of materials to deliver on that promise and exceed their expectations.”
Bigger and lighter vehicles from General Motors
Beginning with the 2016 Chevy Malibu, engineers did what seems impossible on paper. They made the popular midsize sedan larger while still managing to shed several hundred pounds. This was accomplished by using new alloys of high-strength steel and stiffer aluminum. Additionally, the manufacturer found innovative ways of connecting these metals which kept the weight down without compromising (and in some cases, improving) crash test scores.
The effort to make the overall GM fleet lighter wasn’t relegated to just its cars. GMC builders were able to drop a significant amount of weight from the popular midsize crossover SUV, the Acadia. Even though the three-row vehicle is 700 pounds lighter for the new model year, it still retains most of its incredible cargo area.
If you would like to see how the lighter and more efficient fleet of cars and SUVs from General Motors handles on the road, contact a Don Wheaton sales professional today.