THE ALUMINUM F-150

Auto repair conference to focus on next F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Starting at the end of this month, the 2015 aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 pickup will take center stage at the nation's biggest annual collision repair industry gathering in Detroit.... Read More »

Asian automakers still reluctant to embrace aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2014
As western carmakers such as Audi and Ford embrace aluminum to save weight and boost fuel economy, their Asian rivals remain reluctant to invest in the costly retooling required that would disrupt existing manufacturing processes and supplier relationships.... Read More »

How to contain aluminum dust?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Curtains or walls? It's a big decision that Ford dealers with body shops face as they gear up to repair the 2015 aluminum-body F-150 pickup, arriving late this year.... Read More »

Ford dealers throng training on how to fix aluminum F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Eight hundred fifty Ford dealerships have enrolled technicians in training courses to learn how to do collision repairs on the 2015 aluminum F-150 pickup, exceeding the goal of having 750 dealerships enrolled by the end of 2014.... Read More »

A RIVETING TALE

How will Ford build the aluminum F-150?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
To get a sense of the manufacturing challenge facing Ford as it prepares to build its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickups, you need only look at rivets and other complexities at the Range Rover assembly plant in Solihull, England.... Read More »

No secrets at Solihull; visitors rush to learn about aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
It's the exact opposite of hush-hush corporate security: Jaguar Land Rover wants to share everything it knows about assembling aluminum-bodied cars. And that has made Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull assembly plant a popular destination for manufacturing executives from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Ford and others.... Read More »

VIDEO: Inside Land Rover's Solihull plant shows hint of F-150 production

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
Land Rover's Solihull plant offers a glimpse at the production system Ford will use for the aluminum 2015 F-150.... Read More »

Smart recycling cuts F-150 cost

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2014
Innovative recycling that sorts aluminum by type and returns it to suppliers will save Ford $124 per pickup, compared with using conventional recycling methods, when production of the 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 starts this fall, says a stock analyst.... Read More »

Ford spending $500 million to build new V-6 truck engine in Ohio

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
Ford is investing $500 million to build a new compact, lightweight turbocharged V-6 engine for the redesigned F-150 pickup at a plant in Lima, Ohio. The smaller V-6 engine should help the venerable F-150 close the fuel economy gap with Chrysler Group's Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which has a 3.... Read More »

Paper: GM moves toward aluminum pickups in 2018

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
General Motors' executives insist they're not sweating Ford's 2015 aluminum F-150.... Read More »

Massive training campaign builds for aluminum F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Thousands of collision repair technicians, insurance estimators, Ford field staffers and others will go to school in one of the biggest industry training programs ever.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Aluminum moves up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Ford Motor Co.'s aluminum-body F-150 pickup has swept away the traditional hierarchy of automotive metal suppliers. Since replacing wood a century ago, steel has been the undisputed king. Aluminum and other metals made their living as alternatives that had niche roles and sometimes could substitute for steel.... Read More »

Ford's big aluminum show-and-tell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Ford used a color-coded body-in-white cutaway of the next F-150 pickup to make a serious point to dealers at the NADA convention: The economics of an aluminum truck – both the repair costs for the customer and the body shop operations for the dealer – make sense.... Read More »

Ford dealers will gear up to fix new F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Though they waited three years to see the much-anticipated 2015 aluminum F-150, it didn't take Ford dealers Randall Reed and Jim Seavitt long to decide to invest in gearing up their body shops to repair it.... Read More »

Body shops say aluminum costs more to repair

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
If the aluminum-bodied vehicles on the road today are an accurate gauge, the 2015 Ford F-150 probably will be more expensive to repair than its steel-bodied predecessor. Body shop owners say aluminum repair parts are more expensive than steel parts. And because it often takes longer to repair an aluminum body, the labor costs usually are higher.... Read More »

INTERACTIVE

Where the aluminum road will lead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
As the 2015 Ford F-150 makes its way to market, here's how the key players will be affected in the next several years.... Read More »

Aluminum tool vendors put the peddle to the metal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2014
Rob Retter doesn't mince words when he talks about what the 2015 aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 pickup means for Eurovac, the Concord, Ontario, equipment firm his family owns. "This is the biggest thing in the history of our company," he said.... Read More »

After F-150 defeat, steel makers plan comeback

7:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2014
The steel industry suffered a blow when Ford said last month that the body of its next F-150 pickup would be made of aluminum instead of steel. Now, one steel supplier says “the steel industry has failed” and might have prevented the switch by investing in the capacity to produce more lightweight, high-strength steel.... Read More »

Why Ford took the plunge on the aluminum F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Moving from welded-steel construction of the cab and cargo bed to lightweight aluminum means higher material costs, a huge investment in tooling and engineering, the risk of a complicated and troubled production launch and potential consumer resistance -- on the highest-volume vehicle in the United States. So why did Ford Motor Co.... Read More »

Ford's huge bet on aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Alan Mulally took one of the biggest business risks in history in 2006 by mortgaging $23.6 billion in Ford Motor Co. assets to avert bankruptcy. Now he's taking another big chance by raising the cost of his top-selling and most profitable vehicle, the F-150, by swapping aluminum for less expensive steel.... Read More »

Been there, done that, Ford says of process

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
The aluminum body of the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup uses the same bonding process developed by Ford engineers for the Jaguar XJ luxury sedan and the Range Rover SUV more than a decade ago. This explains, in part, why Ford Motor Co. executives are confident they can handle the F-150's switch to aluminum.... Read More »

GM considers a countermove: Light-duty diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Steve Kiefer, General Motors' vice president of global powertrain, said he is considering a diesel engine for the light-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra to counter fuel economy improvements due on the Ford F-150 and Ram pickups.... Read More »

For now, Toyota chooses shortfall over costly expansion

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Toyota's truck sales in 2013 exceeded 272,000 Tundras and Tacomas, stretching factories to the limit and straining dealer inventories.... Read More »

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Rivals eye F-150 with respect, questions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2014
At the Detroit auto show this week, suppliers and competitors finally got a chance to inspect the innovative Ford F-150 pickup. A constant parade of them toured the Ford exhibit. They snapped pictures with their cellphones. They measured. They drew technical sketches. They counted and examined the rivets and fasteners.... Read More »

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