Ford unveils aluminum-bodied F-150

Jan 13, 2014 | 09:36 AM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  Ford Motor, aluminum, steel, F-150 pickup truck, Mark Fields, Raj Nair, Alcoa, Novelis North American International Auto Show

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. unveiled its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup truck at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Jan. 13.

The move to aluminum, which industry insiders are calling one of Ford’s biggest gambles in the Dearborn, Mich.-based company’s 111-year history, is part of the automaker’s ongoing effort to manufacture a lineup of lightweight vehicles capable of exceeding current fuel economy standards.

In an effort to replace heavier steel parts, aluminum components used in the 2015 F-150 are expected to account for as much as 700 pounds in weight savings, Ford chief operating officer Mark Fields said during the unveiling. "The aluminum alloy is lighter and more resistant to dents and corrosion," he said, adding that the weight savings will help the F-150 "tow more, haul more, accelerate quicker, stop shorter—all with better gas mileage."....

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