F150 + Aluminium =Light tough truck for 2014Posted on July 7, 2012
Aluminium Pick-up trucks . I am surprised it had not been done years ago. Land rover has been playing with aluminium as had many other vehicle manufacturers. Now in 2014 its time for Ford to have a go of this lightweight material. Now its not titanium or moon rock , Aluminium has been used for many decades. I mentioned land rover, Jeep also have used it successfully. I really don’t know what the fuss is about other than the the price may be affected because of the higher raw material cost for the Ford F150 truck.
Thanks to Newser , read less learn more produces this nice article :
The next incarnation of Ford’s F-150 will be as tough as … aluminum? By 2014 the company will be building most of the body of its signature truck out of that lightweight metal in a bid to boost its fuel economy, in what the Wall street Journal calls “one of the biggest gambles in its 108-year history.” The aluminum body will weigh about 700 pounds less. That alone will improve efficiency, and it could pave the way for smaller, more efficient engines.
The move comes amid gradually tightening federal fuel regulations that will ultimately force vehicles to average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The new F-150 will keep Ford in compliance through 2020. But aluminum is expensive, and might turn off some truck purists. “There is going to be a certain percentage of the people that will bitch and complain,” one dealer says. “But they will ultimately get that vehicle.”
Well …lets just call it progress but I think the positives will well out weigh the negatives.
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