Ford unveils lightweight car in aluminum drive

Jun 04, 2014 | 01:58 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  metals, Ford Motor, Fusion, F-150, aluminum, high strength steel, Matt Zaluzec, Josh W. Sullivan Sterne Agee

NEW YORK — Ford Motor Co. has unveiled a lightweight concept vehicle based on its 2013 Fusion, the next step in the automaker’s push toward weight reduction and improved fuel economy.

The vehicle builds on research for Ford’s aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 and is 25-percent lighter than the standard Fusion, the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker said June 2.

"We’re taking a full-size sedan and making it the weight of a small compact vehicle," Matt Zaluzec, senior technical leader at the Ford Research and Innovation Center, said during a video presentation.....

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