General Motors is developing carbon fiber reinforced plastic parts for the beds on some of the all-new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks as an effort to meet increasingly stringent fuel economy standards and customer expectations, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The pickups will likely make their debuts at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit coming in January. However, it’s not confirmed if the units that GM plans to unveil will feature such parts, as they are expected to be implemented on production models within two years.
The carbon fiber-based parts won’t show up on all of the pickups, but may be introduced on high end models following the launch of the standard trucks late next year, which are expected to feature bodies constructed from a mix of materials that includes aluminum and high strength steel to improve efficiency and performance.
GM builds crew cab versions of both Silverado and Sierra pickups in Guanajuato, being the first one of the most exported vehicles from Mexico, though some production is expected to shift to Canada over the next years.