Material use in car production 2025

Steel materials are expected to account for almost 60 percent of materials used in the production of a typical passenger vehicle by 2025. HSS, mild steel, and advanced high strength steel sit at the top of the list of materials used.

Automotive material mix of a typical vehicle in 2025

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as of October 2019

Supplementary notes

* Gen-3 steel: third generation advanced high strength steel
HSS: high-strength steel, according to the source
7xxx series: wrought aluminum-zinc-magnesium alloys
6xxx series: wrought aluminum-magnesium-silicon alloys
5xxx series: wrought aluminum-magnesium alloys
Other materials: dampeners, adhesives, glass, and static sealers

Percentage distribution is based on weight in pounds as a share of of BIW (body-in-white) and closures; excludes interiors, windshield, dynamic sealers, and powertrain/ chassis, according to the source.

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