Automotive Lightweight Material Market Size Worth $109.5 Billion By 2027 | CAGR: 7.2%

Automotive Lightweight Material Market Size Worth USD 142.36 Billion By 2032 | CAGR: 7.1%

The global automotive lightweight material market size is expected to reach USD 142.36 billion by 2032, according to a new study by Polaris Market Research. The report “Automotive Lightweight Material Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, By Material Type (Metal, Polymers, Composites, Elastomers); By Vehicle Type; By Application; By Region; Segment Forecast, 2024 - 2032” gives a detailed insight into current market dynamics and provides analysis on future market growth.

Lightweight materials are increasingly being used in the automotive industry to address issues such as fuel efficiency, emissions reduction, and improved overall vehicle dynamics. Metal, polymers, composites, and elastomers are examples of common lightweight materials. The growing popularity of electric and hybrid vehicles has increased the importance of lightweight materials, as reduced vehicle weight directly results in increased battery range and overall performance. Material science and manufacturing technology advancements have also fueled market growth. Engineers and researchers are constantly developing new composite materials, alloys, and manufacturing processes that provide the ideal balance of strength, durability, and weight reduction. This advancement is propelling the use of materials such as carbon fiber-reinforced polymers, aluminum, and high-strength steel in automotive design.

Despite this, the automotive lightweight material market is hampered by the higher initial costs of lightweight materials compared to traditional materials such as steel. The increased raw material costs and complex manufacturing processes raise the overall production cost of lightweight materials.

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The growing desire to reduce fuel consumption fuels the demand for automotive lightweight materials. The use of lightweight materials in vehicle design and manufacturing is the most effective strategy for improving overall fuel efficiency. Automotive lightweight materials, such as advanced composites, aluminum, and high-strength steel alloys, play an important role in reducing weight while maintaining structural strength and safety. To remain competitive and meet the changing demands of the automotive industry, manufacturers in the global automotive lightweight material market are actively engaged in a variety of strategic activities. Key market players are investing continuously in research and development to innovate and introduce new lightweight materials and manufacturing processes.

Automotive Lightweight Material Market Report Highlights

  • Metals dominated the market in 2023, accounting for the largest market share, because metals are the preferred choice in the automotive industry, particularly for achieving light-weighting goals. The dominance of metals is due to their high strength-to-weight ratio.
  • The passenger car segment has held the largest market share due to the unique requirements and preferences of the passenger car segment. The passenger car sector has a higher demand for improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions.
  • Europe is expected to have the largest market share due to regulatory initiatives, consumer preferences, and the strong presence of automotive manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, and others. The European Union has been at the forefront of implementing strict emissions standards in the automotive industry.
  • The global key market players include AK Steel Corporation, Alcoa Corporation, ArcelorMittal, BASF, Borealis, LyondellBasell Industries, Novelis, Owens Corning, POSCO, SGL Carbon, Stratasys Ltd., ThyssenKrupp AG, Toray, WHB Automotive, etc.

Polaris Market Research has segmented the automotive lightweight material market report based on material type, vehicle type, application, and region:

Automotive Lightweight Material, Material Type Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • Metal
  • Polymers
  • Composites
  • Elastomers

Automotive Lightweight Material, Vehicle Type Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • Passenger Cars
  • LCV
  • HCV

Automotive Lightweight Material, Application Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • Powertrain & Chassis
  • Engine & Mechanical
  • Exterior & Structural
  • Interior
  • HVAC & Electrical
  • Others

Automotive Lightweight Material, Regional Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • North America
  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • UK
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • Netherlands
  • Asia Pacific
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Latin America
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
  • UAE
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Israel
  • South Africa

Automotive Lightweight Material Market Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market size value in 2024

USD 82.06 billion

Revenue Forecast in 2032

USD 142.36 billion


7.1% from 2024 – 2032

Base year


Historical data

2019 – 2022

Forecast period

2024 – 2032

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2024 to 2032

Segments Covered

By Material Type, By Vehicle Type, By Application, By Region

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America; Middle East & Africa


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