January 14, 2014
The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute, Washington, D.C., has announced that the 2014 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year (NACTOY) truck award winner again features a significant amount of advanced high-strength steel (AHSS).
The winning truck—the Chevrolet Silverado®, manufactured by General Motors—features an updated frame with the main rails and major cross members made from AHSS. The cab structures incorporate high-strength steel in the A-pillars, B-pillars, roof rails, and rocker panels. Ultrahigh-strength steel also is used in the rocker panels and underbody in anticipation of new shallow-offset crash tests. In all, about two-thirds of the cab structure is made from AHSS.