How old beer cans helped Constellium crack open North America AN-LOGO-BLUE AN-LOGO-BLUE

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. — Billions of used beer and soft drink cans are the magic ingredient in Dutch aluminum supplier Constellium’s strategy for getting more aluminum into North America’s vehicles. Never mind who is out there drinking that many beers and soft drinks every year. It’s part of a supply chain equation that Constellium has worked out to raise its share of the U.S. market for automotive aluminum. In 2010, the North American demand for flat-rolled automotive aluminum was about 100,000 tons a year. By 2025, annual demand will be 1.4 million tons, Constellium forecasts. According to a widely cited market research study published two years ago by Ducker Worldwide, the use of aluminum will grow by 168 pounds per vehicle, to an average of 565 pounds, between 2015 and 2028. Automakers want lighter cars and trucks. Aluminum is a clear way to achieve that, as Ford Motor Co. did in 2014 when it remade its F-150 pickup with an aluminum body, dropping 700 pounds and signaling to the industry that a new era had arrived. But incorporating more aluminum means suppliers have to make more automotive- grade aluminum in North America. That means creating more aluminum-sh...

2020 Land Rover Defender: 50 things you need to know

It’s the car that defines the Land Rover brand, but the new Defender is radically different from the original. UNVEILED at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new 2020 Land Rover Defender is a powerhouse of technology housed in more futuristic styling that acknowledges the original Land Rovers but moves the design game along. We spent hours with the designers and engineers who spent the best part of a decade bringing the new Defender to market, to get a detailed rundown of the second generation of a Land Rover classic. “All-new” is a phrase often bandied around freely in the car industry, but with the new Defender it really is all-new. No single component is shared with the previous Defender, not even a badge. The core of the Defender is radically different to the original. The original Land Rovers had aluminium body panels and a steel ladder-frame structure. The new one is almost the opposite. It has an aluminium intensive monocoque body (with high-strength steel used selectively for strength) and mostly steel panels, including the doors and front guards. The only clue Land Rover Australia is giving regarding Defender pricing is that the 110 will start at around $70,000 plus on...