June 02, 2016
Karl Brauer

General Motors is operating full steam ahead when it comes to integrating lightweight materials and innovative manufacturing techniques into its new passenger cars and trucks. That was the takeaway after Kelley Blue Book‘s recent visit to the iconic GM Design Dome at its Warren Tech Center outside Detroit, Michigan.

Steel, more specifically low-carbon steel, has been the standard building material for cars and light trucks for more than a century. In truth, the commonplace material is an excellent choice as it is relatively inexpensive, easy to weld, simple to bend into shape, and it has good resistance to fatigue.