Even if you’re not going to be certified to fix Cadillac’s aluminum and steel leap into mixed materials, take a look at its repair procedures and see what kind of work could grow more necessary as mass-market vehicles shed weight and compete in crash tests. (It’s free to access the site, and GM deserves high praise for that.)
Want another — perhaps more shocking — wake-up call? Check out the collision repair guidelines for the decidedly mainstream 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze, both of which lost a couple hundred pounds through infusions of higher-strength steels. See how different their procedures are compared to the previous model year.
General Motors has overhauled its “Genuine GM Parts” website for collision repairers. (Screenshot of www.genuinegmparts.com)
General Motors has provided some detailed guidelines for repairing the 2016 Cadillac CT6. This image shows part of the recommendations related to flow-drill screws and the rocker panel replacement. (Provided by General Motors)