Everyone naturally assumed GM would follow Ford’s lead and start using lots of aluminum to make its next-generation full-size pickups. Each time the GM commercials pointing out the weaknesses of aluminum beds ran on TV, people cringed, saying GM would eat crow. Well, that’s not happening, according to an Automotive News report.
Instead, GM will use carbon fiber to cut weight. That’s right, everyone’s favorite composite material isn’t just for Porsches and Bimmers anymore. Back in 2011, GM teamed up with Teijin in Japan to help develop a new carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic. It doesn’t take a genius to put two and two together.
Of course, GM isn’t going to just use carbon fiber to make the pickup beds, because that would be super expensive. It’s mixing in some aluminum, plus a few other materials.
The Wall Street Journal says these carbon fiber beds will roll out within two years, but will be reserved for premium pickup models. It could be that GM is testing out the waters before rolling out the new design for its entire truck lineup.