Aluminum

New F-150's fuel economy will improve, but can it best Ram 1500?

2:50 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Ford's new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup coming this fall might not be able to beat Chrysler Group's Ram 1500 and claim best-in-class fuel economy....
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Germany's Rheinmetall forms new JV with China's Hasco

July 22, 2014 13:16 CET
Rheinmetall will shift a unit making aluminum engine blocks to a joint venture with China's Hasco to help finance growth at its automotive business, the German company said....
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THE RUSH TO ALUMINUM

Aluminum's per-vehicle use expected to rise 56% from 2012 to 2025

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The advent of the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup has monopolized the aluminum vs. steel debate, and understandably so....
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Jaguar will debut XE sedan at London event

July 16, 2014 11:36 CET
Jaguar will unveil its new XE model ahead of the Paris auto show at a special event in London on Sept. 8. Sales of the mid-sized premium sedan, which is key to boosting the marque's low volume, will begin next year in Europe....
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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....
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Supplier aims to be a go-to source for weight loss

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
One of the first things Ramzi Hermiz asked for after taking over Shiloh Industries less than two years ago was a slimmer corporate logo....
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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....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Alcoa, Novelis face new competition as aluminum gains in auto segment

10:16 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
Aluminum giants Alcoa and Novelis triumphed in landing Ford's aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup truck, but the victory also has brought new aluminum players into the competition for future automotive business....
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Automakers' use of aluminum will climb fivefold by 2020, Novelis says

June 12, 2014 13:23 CET
Aluminum use in auto bodies will climb fivefold by 2020 as carmakers seek lightweight materials to improve fuel economy, a senior executive at aluminum supplier Novelis said....
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75 percent of U.S. pickups will have aluminum bodies by 2025, industry study says

2:22 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
The majority of pickups manufactured within the next decade will have aluminum bodies, according to a study commissioned by the Aluminum Association...
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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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