Constellium N.V. announced it is providing front crash management systems and other aluminum structural components to the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class from its plants in Gottmadingen, Germany, and San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Constellium is supplying two derivative vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class global platform.
Aluminum crash management systems improve vehicle safety in the event of a collision, protecting not only the occupants, but the vehicle itself, thanks to its superior energy absorption and crash behavior. Aluminum is a natural choice for automakers, allowing them to produce lighter, safer and more fuel-efficient vehicles.
“We are very proud to supply the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class with our advanced structural solutions,” said Lionel Chapis, general manager of Constellium’s Automotive Structures business. “This confirms the strong relationship we have built over the years with Mercedes-Benz, and we are glad to support them globally thanks to our expanding footprint.”
Constellium’s Gottmadingen plant is a state-of-the-art production facility, which produces customized aluminum automotive structures and crash management systems for our automotive customers, and features advanced development and prototyping capabilities. Constellium’s San Luis Potosí plant opened in spring 2018 to serve automakers in Mexico.
Constellium is a longtime supplier of Mercedes-Benz for both rolled products and structural components. Aluminum continues to be a material of choice for automakers to lightweight vehicles for improved fuel economy and lower emissions and is a natural choice for electric vehicles for greater range, longer battery life and crash and intrusion resistance.