THE ALUMINUM F-150
Chevy ad escalates pickup war, puts steel vs. aluminum issue on the tableMon, 06, Jul 2015
Chevrolet is escalating the pickup wars with a social media campaign that takes a swipe at Ford's aluminum-body F-150. In an online commercial slated for possible TV play, focus group members are asked which cage they will use for refuge when a grizzly bear lumbers into the room: one made of aluminum or another made of high-strength steel.
Ford F-150 reaches full productionMon, 08, Jun 2015
Ford Motor Co. has achieved full production of the 2015 F-150 at both plants that build the aluminum-bodied pickups, CFO Bob Shanks said last week. But a shortage of supplier-built frames keeps the plants from running some scheduled overtime.
Ford says aluminum repair smooth so farMon, 06, Apr 2015
It's early, but Ford says it's so far so good on repairing damaged 2015 F-150 pickups with aluminum bodies. Ford has not heard of any dealers or independent body shops having problems obtaining parts, installing parts or dealing with insurance companies about the time it takes to repair the new pickup, said Ford spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt.
Insurance rates on aluminum F-150 hold for nowMon, 23, Mar 2015
For now, motorists' yearly insurance premiums for the 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 are about the same as for the 2014 steel model -- good news for Ford. But premiums could change once insurance companies study accident repair data for the redesigned pickup.
Ford F-150 rivals: Let's rumbleMon, 24, Nov 2014
Ford Motor Co. began shipping finished 2015 F-150 pickups to dealers last week as it announced the new aluminum-body truck will get up to 29 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing steel-body F-150. But the Ford numbers fell short of taking the overall mpg title for full-size pickups. Ford's two biggest rivals said the 2015 F-150's mpg numbers leave plenty of room for competition in the hotly contested full-size pickup segment.
Inside Ford's retooled F-150 plantSun, 16, Nov 2014
Ford's conversion of a 2.6-million-square-foot Michigan truck assembly plant to build the aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup has altered the look of the factory, body shop and adjoining stamping operations.
As Ford F-150 output starts, Fields says dealers will be fully stocked by Q2Tue, 11, Nov 2014
The first production version of the aluminum-body 2015 Ford F-150 pickup rolled off the line today at a Ford plant in Michigan after years of preparation. Ford aims to stake out its engineering leadership with the 2015 F-150, the industry's first mass market, aluminum-body truck.
Ford body shops gear up for aluminumMon, 03, Nov 2014
The 2015 F-150 is a big deal because no company previously has manufactured a mass-market pickup with an aluminum body. Dealers who want to repair the trucks need to buy special tools and train technicians in aluminum techniques. Many of them are well on their way.
Ford F-150 comes loaded with high-techSun, 05, Oct 2014
Ford is bringing technology into the 2015 F-150 pickup more commonly associated with luxury cars. The list of new features is so long, it might seem bewildering to customers. Ford says it has taken out or applied for about 100 patents on the redesigned truck.
Salespeople study up on F-150's new featuresMon, 06, Oct 2014
Ford Motor Co. has begun a series of intensive training sessions in 26 cities for about 11,000 dealership sales consultants to familiarize them about the 2015 F-150's new features, technology and capabilities.
Getting the new F-150 up and running won't be easyMon, 08, Sep 2014
By converting its best-selling F-150 pickup from a steel body to aluminum, Ford is replacing the tried-and-true spot-welding process with a far more complex technique that uses a combination of rivets and industrial adhesives. These are scary times at Ford Motor Co.
New F-150 could be a game changerMon, 08, Sep 2014
This fall, Ford will start building an F-150 pickup with an all-aluminum body. Beyond a steel frame, the whole body is aluminum. It's a massive undertaking. What does this mean? Anyone who expects only subtle changes in future cars and trucks should get out of the way.
Ford hikes revamped F-150 pickup prices as much as $3,615Mon, 28, Jul 2014
Ford is raising prices on the new 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup by $360 to $3,615, or 1 percent to 8 percent, and has trimmed the number of models to five from 11. When the new truck arrives this fall, the least expensive F-150 will be the XL model powered by a 283-hp V-6 engine at a starting price of $26,220, which includes a $1,195 shipping charge.
Auto repair conference to focus on next F-150Mon, 14, Jul 2014
Asian automakers still reluctant to embrace aluminumSun, 22, Jun 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.
How to contain aluminum dust?Mon, 02, Jun 2014
Ford dealers throng training on how to fix aluminum F-150Mon, 05, May 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.
How will Ford build the aluminum F-150?Mon, 28, Apr 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.
No secrets at Solihull; visitors rush to learn about aluminumMon, 28, Apr 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.
Smart recycling cuts F-150 costSun, 06, Apr 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.
Ford spending $500 million to build new V-6 truck engine in OhioFri, 28, Mar 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 3.0-liter diesel engine and an industry best EPA rating of 28 mpg highway.