Aleris Supplies Audi Q7
Audi has been taking a leading role in reducing the weight of its vehicles by using aluminum components. Compared to its predecessor, the new Audi Q7 SUV weighs 325 kg less, a feat achieved by strictly adhering to the principles of lightweight design and an increased use of aluminum. The majority of all aluminum parts used in the vehicle are sourced from Aleris. This includes almost all mounted and hang-on parts as well as structural elements like tailgate, mudguards, side panel frames, doors and the inner part of the engine hood – in other words, almost the entire body. Audi has placed a large and significant order covering the complete anticipated model life of the Audi Q7 – scheduled for seven years – with Aleris.
Audi acknowledges the high quality products and processes of its long-standing partner. “We can take pride in the fact that we have been performing at the top level for Audi for many years, which is certainly another significant reason for Audi to place the order with Aleris,” Pascal Doll, account manager Automotive at Aleris, explains. Aleris has grown more and more into a strategic development partner for Audi which also becomes evident by the close cooperation the companies have in the field of Research & Development. In collaboration with Audi, Aleris has now introduced a completely new alloy which provides additional safety and stability to the vehicle structure. Entering series production for the first time, the Crash-Alloy-Quality will now be used in the new Audi Q7. As a key aluminum supplier, Aleris contributes considerably to a more fuel-efficient and more sustainable new Audi Q7 generation.
The global automotive industry continues to move full steam ahead to find new solutions for car weight reduction. What used to be exclusive to top-of-the-line vehicles is now making its way into mass production. As manufacturers look to take a more sustainable approach, consistent lightweight design achieved by stronger aluminum use is seen as one of the crucial tasks to be resolved in the automotive sector.
Almost all major automotive markets are facing more stringent statutory regulations for fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. As a result, all leading automotive manufacturers are developing concepts to further reduce car weight to make automobiles more fuel-efficient and bring down carbon emissions. This holds true for all vehicles – not just those with traditional combustion engines. Effective lightweight construction is also of great significance for future technologies like hybrid and electric vehicles that are about to enter the market: every pound of car weight saved reduces the environmental impact and makes modern automobiles more sustainable, which also meets customer demand.
In the meantime cars are equipped with the versatile material in different places: engine blocks, heat exchangers, doors, hoods, oil sumps, brake disks as well as parts of the chassis and car body are entirely or in part built with aluminum. A growing number of innovative alloys is making its way into areas that were previously dominated by high-strength steels such as specific structural parts.