Novelis Light Weight Aluminium Sheets for Nissan Qashqai SUV
Lading aluminium producer Novelis will supply Nissan with sustainable, lightweight aluminium body sheet for Nissan’s all-new Qashqai SUV and create a closed-loop recycling system in Europe. The Nissan Qashqai, a best-selling SUV in the C-segment, will incorporate Novelis aluminium in the hood and doors to reduce weight and increase fuel efficiency. Through Novelis' global Customer Solution Center network, engineers have proven to automakers that lightweighting with aluminium doors and hoods are a cost-effective way to reduce weight.
By using aluminium, the Qashqai has achieved 21kg of the total 60kg of body-in-white weight savings compared to the previous model. This demonstrates the growing trend by many major automakers to increase aluminium adoption in smaller vehicle segments and high volume production models.
Novelis and Nissan are also committed to achieving a more sustainable manufacturing process by establishing a closed-loop recycling system. Working together, Novelis will deliver aluminum material from its plant in Nachterstedt, Germany to Nissan's car plant in Sunderland UK, where it will then collect the manufacturing scrap and return it to Novelis recycling centers in Europe to be cast and rolled again for production by Nissan. This process creates a circular supply chain that helps both companies achieve their sustainability goals.