Ford may turn to aluminum body panels on the company's F-Series pickup trucks in an effort to reduce weight. According to Ward's Auto, the next-generation F-Series is set to debut in 2014 and will likely feature aluminum fenders and door skins. The news comes courtesy of two unnamed sources close to the vehicle's development. Right now, the next-gen F-Series is rolling through Ford halls under the name P552, and while the automaker is reticent to go on the record about aluminizing its best-selling model, executives have made it clear that weight-savings is a major priority.

Derrick Kuzak, Ford's Group Vice President of Global Product Development, has previously said the company intends to cut up to 700 pounds per model by 2019. Ditching stamped steel body panels for aluminum would be a good start. Ford has already dabbled in aluminum hoods on both the F-Series and Explorer, and the material is expected to find greater use across automakers in the near future as companies brace for stiffer Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Good. Glad to hear it. It needs to lose weight AND it needs to stop ballooning in size with each new generation. In fact, it should go DOWN in size when then next one comes out. Ford already has the F250 and 350. They don't need their "consumer" F150 to be the size of a tank.
      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how that will effect the F-150's overall dimensions because I can't see how it can get any bigger and still be practical. I also can argue for why it shouldn't be smaller, even though I personally would like it to be.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Losing weight is a great idea. I'm not sure using aluminum on a work truck is though. I think brian is onto something here. The F-150 picked up hundreds of pounds when it ballooned in size in 2004 (MY2005). How about just reversing some of that? Start from a 1996 design and figure out how to make it safe without making it bulkier.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like this. Less chance of rust. Better gas milage. Go 4 it!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I appluad the weight savings attempt, but aluminum panels for a work truck, thats not going to end well.
      Joe Wentz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am sure Ford will test it to death before putting it on the street. As a former Ford dealer, I wish they did then, what they do noow! Go Ford!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should reduce it's size a bit as well seeing as there's no more Ranger for the U.S., but it has to compete with the other trucks in size so that most likely won't happen. It's good to hear they want to make it lighter, though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford is having to do this, because of government MPG laws. I think every vehicle must get 25 mpg by 2015.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope they do a better job at preparing the body panels for painting on the new F-150 then they did on the Mustangs hoods, The paint on my 2005 Mustang hood, which is aluminum began peeling 3 years ago and Ford has refused to fix it. They continue to stand by their "Rust Through" policy before repair or replacement. Aluminum dosen't oxidizes and corrodes the paint finish. So good luck to the the 2014 buyers!!!!!!
        • 2 Years Ago
        I betting you removed the heat shield underneath the hood to "save weight" didn't you. I'm also betting there's a power adder under the hood like a supercharger or turbo. They add power, yes, but they build tremendous heat as well. I'm sayig this because I haven't seen any of your gen Mustangs with the same problem.
      • 3 Years Ago
      foiled agin....
      • 2 Years Ago
      they should try carbon fiber it's light and stronger than steel.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad Ford quit producing the Ranger model
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