Aluminum

A flurry of activity in aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
The auto industry's love affair with weight-saving aluminum is just warming up. In the pipeline is a growing list of vehicles with all-aluminum bodies or with more aluminum body panels, such as doors, roofs and trunks....
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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....
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New F-150 spied on road near Detroit

10:06 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2014
This 2015 Ford F-150 was seen driving undisguised in suburban Detroit on Sunday. The aluminum-bodied truck begins production later this summer. The lightweight body saves as much as 700 pounds over the outgoing steel-bodied truck....
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VW promises lighter, more fuel-efficient Passat

May 29, 2014 06:01 CET
VW says its new Passat will be be lighter, more fuel efficient and roomier than the current model. The eighth generation of Europe's top-selling mid-sized vehicle will debut at the Paris auto show in October....
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U.S. seeks to fund Alcoa's bet on automotive aluminum

9:00 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2014
The United States Department of Energy has proposed lending money to Alcoa to expand aluminum production at a Tennessee factory, setting the stage for the first loan to a supplier under a dormant $25 billion fund....
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Jaguar releases teaser of its BMW 3-series rival

May 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Jaguar has released a teaser photo of its XE compact sedan ahead of European sales in 2015. U.S. deliveries will begin a year later....
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Kobe Steel, Toyota Tsusho explore joint aluminum output in U.S.

9:05 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Kobe Steel and Toyota Tsusho, aiming to tap growing demand for aluminum vehicles, are in talks to set up a joint venture to make the lightweight sheetmetal in the United States....
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Jaguar revives the legendary XKE racer

May 23, 2014 06:01 CET
Jaguar says it will complete a project started in 1963 by manufacturing six all-new XKEs with lightweight aluminum bodies at its plant in Castle Bromwich, England....
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Q&A

Ford's Hinrichs wants better quality, smooth launches

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Ford is launching 16 new vehicles in North America this year, which Ford says is the busiest and most ambitious launch schedule in its history....
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Marchionne's take on aluminum? Ram not an option

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
Marchionne says Chrysler will be watching Ford's rollout of its aluminum 2015 F-150 very closely to gauge market acceptance....
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Toyota's TRD Pro editions will be ready for off-roading

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2014
Toyota Racing Development, mostly known for racing parts and accessories for street-legal vehicles, will offer factory-installed TRD Pro off-road kits on the Tacoma, Tundra and 4Runner....
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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....
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Jaguar Land Rover shares knowledge on aluminum with Mercedes, Audi

May 2, 2014 06:01 CET
Jaguar Land Rover is sharing its knowledge of assembling aluminum-bodied cars with rivals including Audi and Mercedes as the automaker seeks to cut production costs through the introduction of industry standards for manufacturing aluminum vehicles....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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Q&A: TOM BONEY, GENERAL MANAGER, AUTOMOTIVE, NOVELIS NORTH AMERICA

Aluminum gains automotive momentum with F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The Ford F-150 pickup will switch to an aluminum body late this year, and more mass-market vehicles are bound to follow. But aluminum will have to fight for its place on autos with carbon fiber, magnesium and high-strength steel, says Tom Boney, general manager of automotive for Novelis North America, a major aluminum supplier....
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Tests toughened F-150 bed

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Ford Motor Co. decided to increase the thickness of the aluminum used in the 2015 F-150's bed floor by almost half after conducting testing with three commercial fleet customers....
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Ford F-150 engineer says some ideas were too much to execute

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
In Ford's five-year effort to strip weight from the 2015 F-150 pickup, some ideas were considered just too big of a stretch, chief engineer Pete Reyes said today. For example, engineers had considered using a front-frame crossmember -- which provides rigidity and lateral strength -- made of magnesium, an expensive metal that is lighter and stronger than either aluminum or steel....
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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....
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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 3.0-liter diesel engine and an industry best EPA rating of 28 mpg highway....
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Superior races time in naming next CEO

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
Time is ticking on aluminum wheel supplier Superior Industries International Inc. as it searches for its next CEO....
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Jaguar plans compact sedan with new engine, aluminum unibody

March 4, 2014 16:14 CET
Jaguar's compact sedan will be called the XE and will be built on a new aluminum unibody architecture, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said....
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A BIG TAB FOR TOOLS

Large Ford stores say cost of aluminum body shop will surpass $70,000

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
Michigan Ford dealer Ed Jolliffe has been calculating the cost of getting his body shop ready for the 2015 aluminum F-150 pickup, and finds the numbers sobering....
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Severstal shifting to high-strength steel products to counter aluminum threat

Feb. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
Steelmaker Severstal North American plans to move into new high-strength steel products to counter the growing threat from aluminum in light-vehicle manufacturing....
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