Lightweight Strategies of Key Global Automotive OEMs

Body in White (BIW) is Expected to Contribute an Average 15% Weight Reduction by 2020


This study provides a strategic analysis of the lightweight strategies of key global automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The study analyzes current OEM lightweight strategies and presents an outlook for 2020. This study also covers passenger car weight reduction trends in addition to the deployment strategies. Deep-dive analysis has been provided for lightweighting methods by focusing on particular areas and vehicle systems. The study also places emphasis on materials and emerging partnerships in the industry. It covers the role of existing and new materials targeted at lightweighting. The study concludes with a case study as well as strategic conclusions and recommendations.

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Table of Contents

Executive SummaryExecutive Summary—Key FindingsStringent CO2 Emission Level is the Key to Automotive LightweightingBest Seller Models of OEMs—Weight Trends Vehicle Weight Band—EuropeVehicle Weight Band—United StatesOEMs Identified up to 350 Kg (20%) Weight Reduction AlreadyLightweighting a Car—Weight Savings Opportunity by Focus AreaAnalysis of BIW Components—Weight Reduction versus CostOverview of Compliance Costs To Achieve 2020 CO2 TargetsOEMs are Expected to Keep Compliance Costs Low Reduction in System Weight could Mean Cost Savings or Cost Impact Material Composition Mix Decides Application in a Vehicle SegmentLightweight Packages and Variants Create Different Weight ReductionsTarget Models and Segments for Lightweight Packages Evo, Inno, and Revo Packages—Future Options for Lightweight VehiclesMaterial Substitution Economics—Weight Savings versus Cost ImpactEfficient, Sensitive, and Convenient Materials—Keys to LightweightingNewer Materials and Newer Material Application AreasKey Focus Areas and Lightweight Replacements of Key Global OEMsComponent Level Analysis—Evolutionary Material Substitution TrendsRevolutionary Effort in Lightweighting—Out-of-the-box ThinkingRevolutionary Effort in Lightweighting—Out-of-the-box Thinking (continued) Auto Industry to Benefit from Adoption of CFRP in Other IndustriesNew Automotive Materials, Including CFRP, and Joining TechnologiesLightweight Approach in the Modular Audi A8 (MLB Platform)Case Study of 100 Kg Reduction—The New VW Golf Has the AnswersModular MQB Platform Lightweighting Helps VW Save Millions in CostFrost & Sullivan OpinionKey Conclusions and Future Outlook—So-What AnalysisExecutive Summary—Associated MultimediaResearch Scope, Objectives, Methodology, and BackgroundResearch ScopeResearch Aims and ObjectivesKey Questions this Study Will AnswerResearch BackgroundResearch MethodologyKey OEM Groups Compared in this StudyDefinitions and SegmentationDefinitionsAutomotive Lightweighting SegmentationVehicle Segmentation Overview of Key Global Automotive OEMs’ Lightweighting StrategiesEfficient, Sensitive, and Convenient Materials—Keys to LightweightingMaterial Substitution Economics—Weight Savings versus Cost ImpactSteel in its New Sustainable Look—AHSS ApplicationsAvailability of and Demand for Steel Force OEMs to Rethink StrategyNewer Materials and Newer Material Application AreasCommercial and Technical Advantages of Lightweight MaterialsPassenger Car Weight Reduction TrendsBest Seller Models of OEMs—Weight Trends OEMs Identified up to 350 Kg (20%) Weight Reduction AlreadyMaterial Composition Mix Decides Application in a Vehicle/SegmentLightweight Packages and Variants Create Different Weight ReductionsTarget Vehicle Types and Segments for Evo, Inno, and Revo PackagesFuture Evo Combinations Future Inno CombinationsFuture Revo CombinationsCurrent and Future Position of OEMs in the Lightweight Matrix Lightweighting Deployment Strategies of Key Global OEMsEvolutionary Trends in Material Substitution—BIW, Exterior, and InteriorEvolutionary Trends—Powertrain and Under the HoodRevolutionary Effort in Lightweighting—Out-of-the-box ThinkingProduction Readiness of the Revolutionary Lightweighting SolutionsCompilation of Revolutionary Lightweighting Ideas—Wave-3Compilation of Revolutionary Lightweighting Ideas—Wave-3 (continued)Compilation of Revolutionary Lightweighting Ideas—Wave-3 (continued)Lightweight Methods by Vehicle SystemsLightweighting Opportunities by Key Vehicle Systems/Focus AreasAll Focus Areas—Weight Reduction Opportunity versus Cost ImpactAuto Industry Targets Realize Potential of Using CFRPKey Components with High Weight Reduction Opportunity from CFRPAnalysis of BIW Components—Weight Reduction versus CostAnalysis of Powertrain Components—Weight Reduction versus CostAnalysis of Chassis Components—Weight Reduction versus CostAnalysis of Interior Components—Weight Reduction versus CostLightweight PartnershipsNew Material/Joining Partnerships are Key to Material SubstitutionAnalysis of Steel Lightweighting Efforts by Focus Areas and OEMsAnalysis of Al Lightweighting Efforts by Focus Areas and OEMsAnalysis of Mg Lightweighting Efforts by Focus Areas and OEMsAnalysis of CFRP Lightweighting Efforts by Focus Areas and OEMsAutomotive Materials Joining Technologies—Current and Future Focus Materials Joining Technologies PartnershipsCase Study of a Key Global OEMTop Research Findings—VW Group’s Lightweight StrategyLightweight Solutions for BIW—Focus on Market /SegmentsMaterial Consideration Analysis and Materials of Future—VW GroupKey Conclusions and Future OutlookKey Conclusions and Future Outlook—So-What AnalysisThe Last Word—Three Big PredictionsLegal DisclaimerAppendixTable of Acronyms UsedLearn More—Next StepsRelevant ResearchMarket Engineering Methodology




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