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Ford F150 Aluminum

Ford is going out on a limb with its new F-150, a truck known for being as tough as a ram thanks in part to its steel body and frame. The new version will largely forgo the steel in favor of an 97% aluminum body that results in the 5,000-pound vehicle weighing 700 pounds less. The move was made to make the workhorse, one of the best-selling vehicles in the US for more than three decades, more maneuverable and fuel efficient.

Talking about just that, Ford Chief Executive Alan Mulally said, “You’re either moving ahead and you’re improving and you’re making it more valuable and more useful to the customer or you’re not. Thus far, dealers seem to be on board with the change. “We’re aggressive, stretching the envelope. I think you have to do that. If you don’t, then you get into that predicament of being a ‘me too’ vehicle,” said Sam Pack, owner of four Ford dealerships in and around Dallas.

Industry insiders believe that the F-150 is just the beginning of the American automaker’s use of aluminum saying that the lighter metal will soon be found throughout Ford’s stable of cars and light trucks.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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