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Old 03-07-2014, 11:57 PM   #1
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Aluminum in the Camaro future?

Wondering that sense GM is making the Vett out of a lot of aluminum and will be making the pickup using a lot of it, what are the chances of the Camaro being made that way. Imagine the possibilities
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Old 03-08-2014, 01:11 AM   #2
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Go read up on the Cadillac ATS.... Same platform and plant Camaro is switching towards.
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:13 AM   #3
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Camaro already has aluminum parts... Id prefer not to have the whole body though
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:22 AM   #4
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The hood has always been 100% aluminum on the Gen 5.

GM "poo-poo'd" the all-aluminum Ford F-150, then saw the excitement and thought, "Oh Fetch", we better make one too....

Aluminum has come a long way and better manufacturing techniques helps.
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Old 03-08-2014, 09:17 AM   #5
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The hood has always been 100% aluminum on the Gen 5.

GM "poo-poo'd" the all-aluminum Ford F-150, then saw the excitement and thought, "Oh Fetch", we better make one too....

Aluminum has come a long way and better manufacturing techniques helps.
I wouldn't say GM poo-poo'd an all aluminum truck body. As someone who works at one of the GM truck plants we were told an all aluminum body is coming in the near future at least a year or more ago.
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Old 03-08-2014, 09:32 AM   #6
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I wouldn't mind fiber glass like corvettes used to. Aluminum probably because less weight and gas.
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Old 03-08-2014, 09:38 AM   #7
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Saw a post about GM execs demanding a "diet" for all vehicles. Aluminum was mentioned in the article. Hell braced and supported I see it being a positive.
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Old 03-08-2014, 10:30 AM   #8
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The hood has always been 100% aluminum on the Gen 5.
The trunk lid is too.
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If you think aluminum is cool, magnesium is even cooler. We would make steering wheel armatures in both materials. Lots of cross car beams are now magnesium.

The ATS had some aggressive weight targets. I think that car is around 3300 pounds which is incredible. If they can shed 500 pounds with these engines, the next Camaro will be a beast.
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When insurance companies start seeing how much it costs to repair these aluminum cars, get ready for huge price increases in insurance rates, not only on the aluminum vehicles but all across the board...
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It's inevitable with the new CAFE standards and demand for performance. I think if used properly it is a MAJOR positive.

As for magnesium as mentioned above. It's cool until your car is on fire. I personally don't like burning metal that explodes when I try to extinguish it. Could just be me though.

Insurance already looks at cars as almost disposable as it is the aluminum won't make matters too much worse.
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It's inevitable with the new CAFE standards and demand for performance. I think if used properly it is a MAJOR positive.

As for magnesium as mentioned above. It's cool until your car is on fire. I personally don't like burning metal that explodes when I try to extinguish it. Could just be me though.

Insurance already looks at cars as almost disposable as it is the aluminum won't make matters too much worse.
The higher cost of repair will mean it will take even less damage to total a car out.. Which means more and higher payouts by insurance companies.
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If you think aluminum is cool, magnesium is even cooler. We would make steering wheel armatures in both materials. Lots of cross car beams are now magnesium.

The ATS had some aggressive weight targets. I think that car is around 3300 pounds which is incredible. If they can shed 500 pounds with these engines, the next Camaro will be a beast.

If you made a car out of Magnesium and it ever caught fire wouldn't it just be one giant bright ass flare...
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