ATLANTA – Novelis Inc., the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, today (April 16) announced it is supplying Toyota Motor Corporation with premium aluminum automotive body sheet for the all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4.
It will be produced at the plant in Scriba.
The RAV4 is Toyota’s number-one-selling vehicle and the best-selling non-pickup-truck in the country.
With a new-and-improved design that includes Novelis aluminum in the hood, fenders and lift gate, the fifth-generation model of the RAV4 is four percent lighter than previous models.
“Novelis is proud to expand our partnership with Toyota as the company takes the RAV4 to the next level of safety, performance and style,” said Marco Palmieri, Senior Vice President and President, Novelis North America. “We are confident that the unparalleled quality and strength of Novelis aluminum will help Toyota exceed the high expectations of new and loyal RAV4 owners.”
By lightweighting the vehicle with aluminum, Toyota had even more flexibility to add new features, while also increasing the width and wheelbase.
To meet Toyota’s stringent requirements for joining and performance, Novelis supplied Advanz™ 6HS – s600 and Advanz™ 6HS – e600, which are heat treatable alloys specifically designed and optimized for high strength requirements, offering a balance of formability and strength.
In addition, a team of Novelis engineers and metallurgists developed a new thermomechanical manufacturing process at the company’s facility in Scriba where Novelis produces the alloy for Toyota.