Steel is and continues to be an important construction material for automotive industry. The use of steel has recently become more versatile due to the increased use of various grades like HSLA.
Various aluminum alloys have increased in popularity mainly due to weight saving efforts. It is used as extruded profiles, sheet material or cast and/or machined parts.
The variety of technical plastics used by automotive industry is large. Nowadays for instance recycling plays an important role in material selection.
Various composite materials are favoured. Their use is no longer limited to low volume special vehicles.