Ford asks dealers for help with launches

5:32 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2014
With 16 product launches coming in 2014, Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, asked dealers at the make meeting Sunday to partner in the launch process.... Read More »


Ford offers 20% discount on necessities to fix aluminum F-150

6:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2014
Ford is offering dealerships with body shops a 20 percent discount on the $30,000 to $50,000 in special equipment and training needed to repair the 2015 aluminum pickup.... 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 »


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. decide to build an aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup?... 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 »


F-150: A truckload of features

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Ford showed a smorgasbord of new features last week at the Detroit auto show.... 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 »



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. They ran fingers over seams and counted the subassemblies that made up the door frame.... Read More »



Smack down, gutsy and moonshots: What people are saying about Ford's new F-150

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2014
Everyone seems to agree that Ford has done nothing less than reinvent the modern pickup with the 2015 Ford F-150. But it remains to be seen what the redesigned truck, built primarily out of aluminum sheet metal, means for the company and auto industry, on a number of fronts, over the long run.... Read More »



Ford's Nair: Lighter F-150 boosts capability as well as fuel economy

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Ford's move to reduce weight in the 2015 F-150 full-sized pickup targets more than higher fuel economy, says Raj Nair, Ford group vice president of global product development. The all-aluminum body also increases the truck's capability.... Read More »



Ford's bet on aluminum F-150 reflects Mulally's imprint

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Ford's next F-150 pickup will mark one of the biggest gambles in the automaker's history: Converting the hugely popular truck to be made largely out of aluminum while trying to retain the brawniness of steel. The 2015 F-150, unveiled at the Detroit auto show today, is expected to go on sale late this year.... Read More »


Ford's big aluminum gamble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
With CEO Alan Mulally's Microsoft uncertainty laid to rest, Ford Motor Co. today turns its attention to its most important launch so far this decade: the 2015 F-150 pickup being launched at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »


As automakers use more aluminum, can providers expand fast enough?

8:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2014
With automakers' demand for aluminum growing explosively as they seek to improve fuel efficiency, aluminum providers are selling out their automotive capacity almost as fast as they can build new plants, raising the question of whether some car makers could be caught short in the future.... Read More »



Ford's work with aluminum-bodied vehicles goes back decades

1:06 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2014
Ford's dalliance with aluminum-bodied vehicles goes back at least two decades. The aluminum body of the 2015 F-150 pickup debuting Monday at the Detroit auto show has its roots in the experimental 1993 Mercury Sable AIV (Aluminum Intensive Vehicle) and the Jaguar XJ that came in 2003.... Read More »



Can the new aluminum F-150 deliver? Clues from the P.O.

11:24 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2014
Ford's aluminum 2015 F-150 debuting Monday at the North American International Auto Show will test the popular truck's mettle.... Read More »



Ford rolls dice with aluminum F-150

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2013
Ford's bold plan to introduce an aluminum F series -- its anticipated and high-stakes redesign of the top-selling pickup in history -- represents a profound reimagining of a cornerstone of U.S. light-vehicle manufacturing since the company began building F-series trucks in the late 1940s.... Read More »



Will new pony car attract global buyers?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
The Mustang's formula for success for 50 years has been basically this: good looks coupled with low-tech powertrains and suspension systems and an attractive starting price.... Read More »


OEMs press Alcoa to share aluminum-bonding process

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
At the request of automakers, Alcoa Inc. is making its patented Alcoa 951 bonding process available to competitors who also supply aluminum to the auto industry.... Read More »



Turkey's Inci aims to be top 100 supplier by 2023

Dec. 5, 2013 06:01 CET
Turkish conglomerate Inci Holding aims to be one of the world's top 100 automotive suppliers by 2023 with sales of $2 billion, up from the equivalent of $496 million in turnover last year.... Read More »


Group 1 body shops prep for the age of aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
In the battle for dealership profitability, Group 1 Automotive is betting on a metal, and it's not gold.... Read More »


Ford shares patents with minority suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2013
The owner of a small tooling supplier in suburban Detroit wants to play a big role in the auto industry's high-stakes shift from steel to aluminum. He just needs time.... Read More »


GT sports car from Mercedes-Benz gets twin-turbo V-8

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Mercedes-Benz's AMG performance division is developing a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 sports car that will be unveiled at the 2014 German Grand Prix in July.... Read More »


Steel makers roll out lighter, tougher products

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
Steel makers say they are offering lighter, more durable products to maintain steel's dominance as the preferred raw material for vehicle production.... Read More »


New Range Rover could share platform with Jaguar crossover

Oct. 30, 2013 06:01 CET
Land Rover may introduce a new model in its Range Rover lineup based on Jaguar Land Rover's new modular aluminum platform, which could also underpin a future Jaguar crossover.... Read More »


Redesigned C class sheds 200 pounds but keeps its power

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2013
The redesigned Mercedes-Benz C class scheduled to debut at the Detroit auto show in January has a new lightweight body structure that Mercedes says will shave as much as 220 pounds, depending on the engine used.... Read More »


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