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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


  • Steel as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Alternative materials: potential weight saving versus cost
  • Evaluation of a clutch pedal
  • Aluminium as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Cost of CO2 saving
  • Examples of alternative materials to steel
  • Glass as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Iron as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Other materials as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Plastics as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Steel as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Alternative materials: potential weight saving versus cost
  • Evaluation of a clutch pedal
  • Aluminium as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Cost of CO2 saving
  • Examples of alternative materials to steel
  • Glass as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Iron as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Other materials as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030
  • Plastics as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030

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