In automotive lightweight design, a clear trend is evident towards multi-material constructions. The present thesis examines the prepreg-press process, which constitutes one means of producing metal-FRP-hybrid structures in large series. Three main fields of action were identified for the investigations: 1st the properties of materials and structures, 2nd the manufacturing process and 3rd the product development process. First, the suitability of the process for producing high-quality FRP laminates was determined by comparison to conventional methods such as the autoclave process. In addition, various bonding technologies were studied in order to combine the individual components into a high-performance composite. Following this, relevant aspects of the press technology were investigated, including the process parameters and curing behavior, the production process was substantiated in terms of the specific requirements of the automotive industry and the limits of the process were ascertained. In addition, tooling and production concepts were developed for the future implementation of the method. The components manufactured by prepreg-press technology showed a high potential for lightweight design under quasi-static and impact loads by comparison to pure steel components. The results were finally channeled into a methodology for the development of hybrid structures. This provides an approach for a systematic development process.