We’ve seen high-performance sports cars go to aluminum bodies. We’ve also seen mainstream American auto manufacturers turn to aluminum for lighter bodies. Now, specialized vehicle makers are joining in the trend.


Reading Truck Body, LLC provides vocational trucks designed for specific industry services. Their next-generation CSV model (Classic Service Van) has switched from traditional steel bodies to aluminum bodies. From PR Newswire:


The new CSV features welded design construction and utilizes formidable aluminum alloy and extrusions throughout, including the load space floor. It is 210 pounds lighter than previous generations, allowing for greater payload capacity, improved fuel efficiency and less wear and tear on the chassis. This new aluminum construction will pass through Reading’s exclusive E-Coat and powder coat process, making it the longest lasting finish in the industry. This all adds up to a positive impact on the owner-operator’s bottom line.


The CSV continues to exhibit many unique Reading features such as a seamless wheelhouse panel, shuttle panel pass through, flush mount floor to threshold channel, Reading’s patented hidden hinge technology with recessed and concealed hardware, LED lighting and a standard ten year limited warranty. The CSV will have optional security systems available – the master locking system or the exclusive Reading Latch-Matic® system. The body was designed with a universal understructure for GM and Ford cutaway chassis applications, which streamlines the manufacturing process, allows for shorter lead times and drives simplified inventory levels for the distributor. The next generation Aluminum CSV57 & CSV75 will be available with many optional value-added packages for specialized vocational markets.


With luxury cars, everyday commuter cars, and now specialty service vehicles all turning to aluminum, soon it won’t be news when this occurs – it’ll be the gold standard. Or, should we say, the aluminum standard.