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Automotive OEMs Passenger Car and Light Duty Truck Lightweighting Strategies, Forecast to 2025

Automotive OEMs Passenger Car and Light Duty Truck Lightweighting Strategies, Forecast to 2025

The carbon emissions target for North America and Europe is to achieve below 100 g/km (97 in North America by 2025 and 95 in Europe by 2021). Advances in powertrain technology are expected to significantly reduce CO2 emissions, but alternate methods must be employed in order to assist a fuel-efficient powertrain. Lightweighting strategy is expected to help reduce CO2 emissions. In 2016, the average vehicle weight in Europe was around 1,380 kg and the average vehicle weight in North America around 1,800 kg. Increasing SUV sales implies the need to reduce weight in order to achieve the CO2 emissions target before the deadlines.

Research Scope
This study provides a strategic overview of the lightweighting strategies of major global automotive OEMs and the advanced materials expected to be implemented in future models of their current lineup. The research delves into the CO2 emissions standards that are expected to be met by 2021 in Europe and 2025 in North America, and the weight reduction goals manufacturers have to set for the next few years. The research also deals with material trends and areas on the vehicle where such materials are expected to be implemented between 2017 and 2025, while also highlighting the different strategies employed in passenger vehicles and light duty trucks. The research extends to discussing the various trends major that OEMs are likely to follow, based on body styles and segments.

Research Highlights
This research identifies the weight reduction that can be achieved in key areas:
Body Chassis including components such as body panels, liftgates and doors.
Interiors including parts such as dashboard, seats and inner frames.
Powertrain including components on the engine such as cylinder block, oil pan, pistons. Within the powertrain segment, the research elaborates on the impact of various alternate powertrains on the weight of the vehicle, while also evaluating the advantages of future battery chemistries.

Key Features
The study lists the strategies used by major OEMs for recent vehicle releases and the weight reduction achieved when compared to previous generation models. It also talks about anticipated lightweighting strategies likely to be used in future vehicles to be launched by these OEMs. The research includes information on major material suppliers and their OEM partners, in addition to a snapshot of lightweighting suppliers and their key focus areas.

Key Conclusion
In conclusion, the research predicts the weight of an average vehicle in the future, highlighting the weight reductions in key areas.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Takeaways
    • Key Predictions
    • North American Vehicle Weight Trends
    • European Vehicle Weight Trends
    • OEM Carbon Emissions
      • Table Vehicle Lightweighting: OEM CO2 Emissions, Europe 2016 and 2021
    • Current and Future Outlook
  • Research Scope and Methodology
    • Research Scope, Aims and Objectives
    • Research Aims and Objectives
    • Research Methodology
    • Key Questions this Study Will Answer
  • OEM Lightweighting Strategies
    • Recent OEM Launches-Lightweighting
    • Future Vehicles-Lightweighting Strategy
    • Snapshot of Current Lightweighting Materials Suppliers
  • Lightweighting Strategies by Body Styles
    • Lightweighting Strategies-Approach
    • Lightweighting Strategies-Standard Approach
    • Lightweighting Strategies-Customised Approach
    • Lightweighting Strategies-Performance Approach
    • Lightweighting Approach-Materials
    • Lightweighting Strategies-Hatchbacks
    • Lightweighting Strategies-Sedans
    • Lightweighting Strategies-SUVs/MPVs
    • Lightweighting Strategies-Pickup Trucks
    • Lightweighting Strategies-Sports Vehicles
    • Lightweighting Strategies for Electric Vehicles
    • Body Styles-Future Scenario
  • Lightweighting Strategies by Materials
    • Material Strategy-Highlights
    • Material Strategy-2017 and 2025 Vehicle Material Composition
    • Material Strategy-High Strength Steel
    • Materials Strategy-Aluminium
    • Materials Strategy-Magnesium
    • Materials Strategy-CFRP
    • Materials Strategy-Plastics
    • Material Strategy-Future Scenario
  • Lightweighting Strategies by Vehicle Systems
    • Materials-Weight Distribution
    • Lightweighting Strategies-Chassis and Exterior: Key Components
    • Lightweighting Strategies-Interior: Key Components
    • Lightweighting Strategies-Powertrain: Key Components
    • Lightweighting Strategies-Powertrain: Comparison
    • Lightweighting Strategies-Battery Technology and Weight
    • Lightweighting Strategies-Future Scenario
  • Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
    • Automotive Lightweighting Growth Opportunities
    • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth
  • Conclusions
    • Key Conclusions
    • Key Abbreviations used
  • Appendix

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