NEW YORK Ford Motor Co. will outfit its next-generation Edge crossover vehicle with a double-sided pure zinc galvanized steel produced at ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.s Hamilton, Ontario, plant, the steelmaker said Feb. 27.
The announcement came amid a flurry of media attention and speculation sparked by Dearborn, Mich.-based Fords announcement in mid-January that it will shift to an aluminum-intensive body enclosure for the 2015 model year F-150 pickup truck (amm.com, Jan. 13). The switch is expected to save as much as 700 pounds.
ArcelorMittal Dofasco's highly corrosion-resistant steel, called Extragal, is already used in the outer body panels of the current generation of the Edge. The same steel will be supplied for the 2015 Edge for use in the outer body panels, including doors, liftgate and fenders, the steelmaker said.
"A variety of advanced high-strength steels (AHSS)including Usibor steels for hot stampingsalso will be supplied by our Nafta (North American Free Trade Agreement) facilities," Peter LeBlanc, ArcelorMittal Dofascos director of automotive sales for Nafta, said in a statement.
The 2015 Edge will be assembled at Fords Oakville, Ontario, facility, about 15 miles from the Hamilton steel plant. ArcelorMittal Dofasco ships about one-third of its production to the automotive sector, the steelmaker said.
The crossover vehicle is scheduled to hit the showrooms early next year.