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Global vehicle lightweighting - technology, trends and the future

Global vehicle lightweighting - technology, trends and the future

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


  • Introduction
  • Pester analysis
  • Body & 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
  • Companies
    • Aluminium
      • Accuride Corporation
      • Alcoa Inc
      • Aleris
      • Bodine Aluminum
      • Constellium
      • Martinrea International
      • Nemak
      • Novelis
      • Shiloh Industries Inc
      • Showa Denko
      • Stadco
    • 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
      • Lanxess
      • LG Chem
      • Magna International
      • Minda Corporation
      • Novares
      • Oerlikon Balzers
      • PPG Industries
      • Saint-Gobain
      • Samvardhana Motherson Group
      • Solvay
      • Toray Industries
      • Toyo Tire & 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
      • Citroën C1 Urban Ride
      • Citroën C4 Cactus
      • Ford Mondeo
      • Infiniti Q80 Inspiration
      • Magna's MILA Blue
      • Renault Eolab
    • 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
  • OE supplier market shares for fitment of passive entry systems in Europe, 2015 (%)
  • OE supplier market shares for fitment of passive entry systems in Japan, 2015 (%)
  • OE supplier market shares for fitment of passive entry systems in North America, 2015 (%)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of Active keyless entry fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles, 2013-2033, ('000s units)
  • OE supplier market shares for fitment of door latches in Europe, 2015 (%)
  • OE supplier market shares for fitment of door latches in Japan, 2015 (%)
  • OE supplier market shares for fitment of door latches in North America, 2015 (%)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of Key only entry systems fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles, 2013-2033, ('000s units)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of Passive keyless entry fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles, 2013-2033, ('000s units)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of vehicle entry types fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles in Australia, 2013-2033 (% share)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of vehicle entry types fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles in Central Europe, 2013-2033 (% share)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of vehicle entry types fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles in China, 2013-2033 (% share)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of vehicle entry types fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles in India, 2013-2033 (% share)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of vehicle entry types fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles in Iran, 2013-2033 (% share)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of vehicle entry types fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles in Japan, 2013-2033 (% share)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of vehicle entry types fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles in Korea, 2013-2033 (% share)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of vehicle entry types fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles in Mercosur, 2013-2033 (% share)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of vehicle entry types fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles in North America, 2013-2033 (% share)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of vehicle entry types fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles in Other Asia Pacific, 2013-2033 (% share)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of vehicle entry types fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles in Russia, 2013-2033 (% share)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of vehicle entry types fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles in South Africa, 2013-2033 (% share)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of vehicle entry types fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles in Thailand, 2013-2033 (% share)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of vehicle entry types fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles in Western Europe, 2013-2033 (% share)
  • Market fitment/penetration rates of vehicle entry types fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles Worldwide, 2013-2033 (% share)
  • OE supplier market shares for global fitment of door latches, 2015 (%)
  • Market volumes of Active keyless entry fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles, 2013-2033, ('000s units)
  • Market volumes of Key only entry systems fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles, 2013-2033, ('000s units)
  • Market volumes of Passive keyless entry fitted to newly-assembled passenger cars and light vehicles, 2013-2033, ('000s units)
  • OE supplier market shares for combined European, NAFTA and Japanese (Triad) fitment of passive entry systems, 2015 (%)

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