What You’re Not Thinking About When You Purchase A Car #SteelMatters

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Why steel matters for automobiles

At this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), there seemed to be a common theme among the cars on display, no matter who manufactured them – the words “advanced high-strength steel” were heard on the NAIAS floor more than a few times.

I’ve been to numerous auto shows and it seems that mostly, car buyers are looking for three things when making – or thinking about making – a car purchase. Auto buyers want a good-looking car with all the safety features they can get and as much tech manufacturers can squeeze into one vehicle. 


How #SteelMatters in the vehicles you drive. #DetroitLovesAutos

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I’ll admit that asking “is the chassis aluminum alloy or steel?” isn’t a question I ask when looking at a car, but maybe it should be! Attending this year’s auto show in Detroit with the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) I learned far more about the structure of today’s car than I thought I would.

Why Steel Matters when it's applied to the construction of automobiles

Cars, trucks, and SUVs are relying more and more on advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) to help improve the safety, performance, value and sustainability of today’s vehicles. In fact, this year’s winners for North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year are the Chevrolet Bolt, Honda Ridgeline and Chrysler Pacifica. Guess what these three vehicles have in common; that’s right! They’re all comprised of advanced high-strength steel bodies.

Today’s steels are as much as six times stronger than steels of a decade ago and three to four times stronger than the latest aluminum alloys on the market. That makes a huge difference when you’re only thinking about the safety features that are in the car. Combining AHSS with evolving manufacturing processes enables engineers to apply thinner steels to produce lighter-weight parts, while maintaining or improving structural performance.

Here’s another benefit to owning a car with an AHSS body – and a point I’m well aware of since my husband works on cars and works at a dealership. Steel-intensive vehicles can be repaired faster than vehicles produced with alternative materials. This contributes to an overall lower cost of ownership.

Yet another benefit to constructing more vehicles with steel is the greener aspect compared to aluminum-bodied cars, trucks, and SUVs. Greenhouse gas emissions from making aluminum are at least four times greater when compared to the production of steel. That’s quite significant!

To learn more about benefits of advanced high-strength steel, visit DriveUsingSteel.com. You can also follow SMDI on Twitter for more automotive and safety news.

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