chosen to supply aluminum sheet for BMW sedan
Novelis announced that it has been selected
as the main supplier of aluminum sheet for the sixth generation
BMW 5 Series sedan, which went on sale this spring. This latest
model features lightweight aluminum sheet in the doors, hood,
front fenders and reinforcement parts. In addition, BMW has specified
Novelis Fusion technology for the door structures, which is likely
to be the biggest-selling automotive application to date for
this patented multi-layer aluminum product.
The use of Novelis Fusion has enabled BMW
to manufacture one-piece aluminum door structures, with integral
window frames, to a design that is not achievable with conventional
aluminum sheet. The result is a 25 percent reduction in the weight
of the door, when compared with a similar steel design. It is
the unique combination of core properties and surface characteristics
provided by the multi-alloy composition of Novelis FusionM that
makes this possible.
The new 5 Series continues BMW’s growing
use of aluminum sheet. Novelis also currently supplies aluminum
sheet for a range of other BMW models, including the M3 Series,
6 Series, 7 Series, X6, X5 and Z4. The lightweight material helps
deliver improved performance through overall vehicle mass reduction.