Constellium supplies Groupe PSA with aluminum auto body sheet and crash management systems for commercial and passenger cars
Constellium N.V. is the supplier of aluminum auto body sheet for the hood of Groupe PSA’s new PEUGEOT Partner and new Citroën Berlingo Van—International Vans of the Year 2019—as well as for the new Berlingo and the new PEUGEOT Rifter.
While Groupe PSA frequently uses aluminum in passenger cars, this is the first time it is using aluminum auto body sheet for its light commercial vehicles. This marks an important step in the development of Constellium’s close, long-term collaboration with Groupe PSA which covers a comprehensive range of vehicles from compact city cars to commercial vans.
Constellium provides Surfalex for the outer hood panels, a material developed to meet stringent requirements for high surface quality with specific hemming and roping properties. For the inner hood, Constellium delivers a material solution with superior formability and mechanical resistance that enables efficient processing of complex geometries on the customer’s equipment.
Constellium also supplies the front Crash Management System for this range of vans. Aluminum provides superior energy absorption to protect the passengers and vehicle in the event of a collision. The bumper beam and crash boxes are extruded components, allowing Constellium to design a product that is lighter, but also meets customer specifications for size, shape, package space and strength.