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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »



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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


Severstal shifting to high-strength steel products to counter aluminum threat

2:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2014
Steelmaker Severstal North American plans to move into new high-strength steel products to counter the growing threat from aluminum in light-vehicle manufacturing.... Read More »


Exec: Think plastics for lightweight, durable parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
Lanxess AG, a German chemical company spun off from Bayer AG in 2004, is working on plastics that can replace metal in auto parts such as springs and brake pedals.... Read More »


Paper: GM moves toward aluminum pickups in 2018

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
General Motors' executives insist they're not sweating Ford's 2015 aluminum F-150.... Read More »


Ford uses hefty men to test durability of 2015 F-150 seats

11:42 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014
Ford went to unusual lengths to ensure that the seats in its 2015 F-150 pickups, which go on sale this fall, were durable enough to handle the daily demands of heavyset drivers.... Read More »


GM readying aluminum body trucks by late 2018, report says

9:10 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2014
General Motors is working towards a largely aluminum-bodied pickup truck by late 2018, under pressure from federal fuel efficiency standards, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.... Read More »


Massive training campaign builds for aluminum F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Thousands of collision repair technicians, insurance estimators, Ford field staffers and others will go to school in one of the biggest industry training programs ever.... Read More »



Aluminum moves up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Ford Motor Co.'s aluminum-body F-150 pickup has swept away the traditional hierarchy of automotive metal suppliers. Since replacing wood a century ago, steel has been the undisputed king. Aluminum and other metals made their living as alternatives that had niche roles and sometimes could substitute for steel.... Read More »


Ford's big aluminum show-and-tell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Ford used a color-coded body-in-white cutaway of the next F-150 pickup to make a serious point to dealers at the NADA convention: The economics of an aluminum truck – both the repair costs for the customer and the body shop operations for the dealer – make sense.... Read More »


Body shops say aluminum costs more to repair

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
If the aluminum-bodied vehicles on the road today are an accurate gauge, the 2015 Ford F-150 probably will be more expensive to repair than its steel-bodied predecessor. Body shop owners say aluminum repair parts are more expensive than steel parts. And because it often takes longer to repair an aluminum body, the labor costs usually are higher.... Read More »


Ford dealers will gear up to fix new F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Though they waited three years to see the much-anticipated 2015 aluminum F-150, it didn't take Ford dealers Randall Reed and Jim Seavitt long to decide to invest in gearing up their body shops to repair it.... Read More »


Aluminum tool vendors put the peddle to the metal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2014
Rob Retter doesn't mince words when he talks about what the 2015 aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 pickup means for Eurovac, the Concord, Ontario, equipment firm his family owns. "This is the biggest thing in the history of our company," he said.... Read More »


After F-150 defeat, steel makers plan comeback

7:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2014
The steel industry suffered a blow when Ford said last month that the body of its next F-150 pickup would be made of aluminum instead of steel. Now, one steel supplier says “the steel industry has failed” and might have prevented the switch by investing in the capacity to produce more lightweight, high-strength steel.... Read More »


Ford to idle F-150 factories for 13 weeks to prep for aluminum version

2:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2014
Ford today said it plans 13 weeks of downtime for retooling this year at plants building the F-150 as it prepares to introduce the next generation of its top-selling pickup.... Read More »


When Ford went aluminum, it was solid gold for Alcoa

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Alcoa had tried for a couple of decades to persuade carmakers to produce a high-volume vehicle with an aluminum body.... Read More »


Ford pickup V-6 gets new twist: A 2-piece block

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
The 2.7-liter V-6 that Ford unveiled along with the redesigned 2015 F-150 has a lightweight two-piece cylinder block unique among pickup engines.... Read More »


Ford dealers say truckers are ready for aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2014
When Jeff Carlson heard Ford Motor Co. was making its 2015 F-150 pickup out of aluminum, he became concerned many customers might not be ready for such a big change.... Read More »


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 »


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