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What is "Lightweighting" and Why is it the Newest Trend in Truck Manufacturing?

The redesigned Ram 1500 shed 225 pounds by using new aluminum parts. (Photo: Brian Williams/ you pay close attention to the next truck advertisement, you may notice mention of the vehicle being lighter in weigh compared to previous models.

"Lightweighting," as it's often referred to in the industry, is made possible thanks to a combination of advanced materials such as aluminum, high-strength steels, and composites. Every pound taken out of the trucks total weight helps the vehicle increase its maximum payload, towing capacity and fuel economy.

“It’s critically important,” said Raj Nair, president of Ford Motor Co. in North America. “You’re going to see more aluminum, more composites, more high-strength steels as there’s an increased emphasis on lightweighting and efficiency.”

The 2019 Ram 1500 pickup debuted by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month is 225 pounds lighter than the model it replaces. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado introduced by General Motors is 450 pounds lighter than the previous generation.

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