Aluminum

Ford says aluminum-bodied F-150's fuel economy rises up to 29%

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Ford said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel economy than its mostly steel predecessor as the automaker gambles with a new design for its top-selling and most profitable model....
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Inside Ford's retooled F-150 plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 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....
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BRADFORD WERNLE

On the line, new F-150 is good for workers, not so ideal for haberdashers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Now that there are no longer any big robot-mounted welding guns throwing off showers of sparks, engineer Ron Ketelhut doesn't have to worry about getting burn holes in his shirts as he walks the body shop floor....
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As Ford F-150 output starts, Fields says dealers will be fully stocked by Q2

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 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....
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Ford body shops gear up for aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 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....
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Ram chief: No one's asking for an aluminum pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
The buzz in Detroit is that the lightweight aluminum body of the upcoming 2015 F-150 pickup will give Ford a significant advantage....
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Ram chief says consumers aren't clamoring for aluminum pickup

5:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Bob Hegbloom, chief of the Ram brand, isn't buying the buzz that the lightweight aluminum body of the upcoming 2015 F-150 pickup will give Ford a significant advantage....
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'Aggressive' EV ambitions will boost aluminum demand in China

Oct. 21, 2014 12:02 CET
China's drive to build electric cars as a way to combat pollution and reduce energy dependence is likely to set up a greater-than-forecast surge in demand for aluminum, according to Novelis, the world's biggest supplier of the material to automakers....
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China's 'aggressive' EV ambitions to drive demand for aluminum

6:23 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
China's drive to build electric cars is likely to set up a greater-than-forecast surge in demand for aluminum, according to Novelis, the world's biggest supplier to automakers of aluminum sheets....
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Ford hiring 850 workers to help build aluminum F-150 pickup

11:07 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Ford, on a hiring spree in advance of next year's labor contract negotiations, said it's adding 850 workers at its manufacturing site near Detroit to help make the new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup....
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Q&A

F-150 chief engineer: Redesign 'sets us up for the next 15 years'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
With the redesigned F-150 pickup, Ford is out to prove conventional wisdom that only bigger and heavier can deliver more power and capability. Automotive News sat down with Pete Reyes, chief engineer of the 2015 pickup, the first mass market truck with a body made of lightweight aluminum alloys, or what Ford likes to call “military grade.”...
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Steel boosters step on Ford's football turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
A series of radio commercials broadcast this season in Michigan and Ohio during Detroit Lions football games exhorts shoppers to make sure they get a steel body on their new car, pickup or SUV....
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F-150: Nimble, comfy, but 700 pounds lighter?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Ford let auto writers, dealers and consumers test drive the redesigned 2015 F-150, with an aluminum body, in Texas ahead of its arrival late this year....
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Wrangler shock wave hits Toledo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, dropped a bomb at the Paris auto show last week, and it landed 4,000 miles west on Toledo, Ohio....
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Ford F-150 comes loaded with high-tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 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....
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Automakers in 'race' to secure aluminum supply, Constellium CEO says

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Automakers are in a "race" to secure aluminum supplies as they use more of the lightweight metal instead of steel, Constellium's CEO said. The company said Friday it is buying another aluminum fabricator in the U.S. for $455 million....
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Jeep ponders switch to aluminum for next Wrangler body, Marchionne says

11:21 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler may be built off a unibody platform, feature smaller and turbocharged engines, and switch to an aluminum body, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said today. Such significant changes to the hot-selling SUV would likely mean leaving its longtime, historic production site in Toledo, Ohio, Marchionne added....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Will aluminum Ford F-150 be mpg king? Let's do the (fuzzy) math

11:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Ford looks poised to reclaim at least part of the pickup fuel economy crown from Chrysler's hard-charging Ram 1500 with the new aluminum bodied 2015 F-150. Buried in a statement Monday on the redesigned F-150 was the first clue to how the truck will perform on the EPA's mileage tests....
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Aleris to invest $350 million in U.S. to meet growing auto aluminum demand

10:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
Aleris plans to invest $350 million to expand its rolling aluminum mill in Kentucky and start its first U.S. automotive body sheet production to meet burgeoning demand for lightweight materials in North America....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Audi reveals open-air TT with faster, lighter top

Sept. 24, 2014 19:53 CET
Audi says the softtop on its new TT Roadster is lighter and opens faster than on the model it will replace. Audi revealed a photo of the cabriolet Wednesday ahead of its public debut at the Paris auto show next week....
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NICK GIBBS

Lotus' timeless 'tub'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
New Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales sees no reason to change the British sport car maker's timeless bonded aluminum “tub" because he says it remains a benchmark for vehicle dynamics and fuel efficiency....
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Toyota's big leap to aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Toyota is set to become the next big automaker to begin making the expensive shift from steel to aluminum for parts like hoods and liftgates. Look for them on upcoming versions of the Lexus RX 350 crossover and Toyota Camry....
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Steelmaker says it can put pickups on a diet

6:56 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
ArcelorMittal has a message for automakers scrambling to hit tougher fuel economy targets that come into effect in 2025: You don't have to make trucks out of aluminum to do it....
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Jaguar XE gets lots of aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The new Jaguar XE compact sedan will be the highest volume aluminum-body car on the market when it arrives in the U.S. in 2016. Jaguar says 75 percent of the car's components are aluminum....
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FORD'S RISKY REDO

Getting the new F-150 up and running won't be easy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 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....
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