Getting a Step-up
You’ve seen the ads … competitive pick-up truck owners are relegating their truck tailgates to the scrap heap. This is all in reaction to GM’s new, industry-first MultiPro Tailgate that offers six unique functions to pick-up owners.
First introduced on the 2019 GMC Sierra SLT and Denali models, and subsequently added to the Hummer EV and select Silverado models, the MultiPro Tailgate (or Multi-Flex in the Chevrolet version) incorporates an inner panel and a pivoting flap, which can function as a stop for an extended load, a step providing easy access to the bed, or a standing-height work surface.
That “flap” is a multi-void hollow aluminum extrusion that incorporates a non-skid surface, provides for the pivot and support mechanisms, and supports a 375-pound person.
Aluminum extrusions are light weight, multi-functional, corrosion resistant, strong, easy to fabricate and assemble, and more.
Challenges … part size, complexity
Secondary operations post extrusion
The MultiPro originated from an internal competition among GM engineers – challenged to bring increased access and functionality to pickup customers.
Aluminum extrusions – helping creativity become reality.