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Not only have we been told that the 2015 Ford F-150 is tougher, more durable and up to 700 pounds lighter than the current truck, Ford COO Mark Fields said it's also "CAFE-positive." That means, for the first time in the history of corporate average fuel economy standards, the F-150 would be a positive contributor on Ford's CAFE balance sheet instead of being a vehicle it needs to counterbalance with frugal offerings.

Fields' comments made at the Detroit Auto Show were among quotes from other Ford execs that confirmed the carmaker will be using aluminum for more of its vehicles. CEO Alan Mulally said it would "proliferate across our lineup," with speculation being that we'll see it applied to crossover and sport utility models first, since they'll benefit the most. Even gaining the massive scale of using aluminum on the world's best selling vehicle for its first effort - on average, the company sells two times as many F-150s in a single day as Land Rover sells of its aluminum Range Rover in a month - Ford will be looking to further spread the cost of its five-year development investment in aluminum technology. And that should mean better handling and fuel economy for those of us who don't need to wear hardhats at the office.


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      That Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Body shops and people that paint vehicles must feel like they've won the lottery. Anywhere that uses salt will see the aluminium corroding and the paint flaking very quickly. The other manufactures are not 10 years behind. If anything they are FURTHER ahead. This aluminum body and tiny engines are a joke.
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        Enough already. We've already established that you're retarded. You don't need to confirm it day after day.
        XJ Yamaha
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        Every comment you make is a thoughtless joke.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        Yes, because the use of aluminum on cars is completely unprecedented.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        You mean the same people who do rust repair on steel-bodied vehicles? I agree it's not a 100% positive change but there are significant advantages to using aluminum.
        Timothy Sicilia
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        Thats the craziest statement I've ever heard, you sir, do not have a clue about what an autobody goes through before it is painted, I guess you think GM is nuts too with its ALL ALUNINUM CORVETTE CHASSIS. I suggest you do a lot of research on this, or any other auto issue before making a fool of yourself in passing judgement on ANYTHING YOU KNOW VIRTUALY NOTHING ABOUT, you must think we are still building automobiles with lead filled seams back in the 40s and 50s. Explain how brake fluid stays in mostly aluminun brake components year after year, with no corossive damage, brake fluid is much more corrosive than sea salt or road salt. Oh Well.___ Can't fix stupid!!!
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        Paint adhesion on aluminum used to be a problem (old Land Rovers for example). But nowadays a lot of cars use aluminum panels, like Audi , Range Rover, and even some inexpensive cars like the Miata have aluminum hoods. I am sure they have solved that problem somewhere along the line.
      Chris George
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can we just do this on the new Mustang..... save about another 500 lbs....
        leo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris George
        maybe 300lbs, wont be as high on the mustang, but the next gen will have it.. that means 5yrs away. cant wait to see a 3200lb mustang with a 5.0L on it
        Len_A
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris George
        Eventually, yes, but it's not going to happen now. This is going to be something that Ford rolls out over the next ten to fifteen years.
      Chevy 5.3
      • 1 Year Ago
      In my opinion kinda looks like the front end of the new Silverado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chevy 5.3
        [blocked]
      Sheldon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmm, I was downvoting people in a previous post for clamoring that this F150 apes the Tundra. But someone posted this link below, and if you click on the 360 view, I can't help but see Tundra too. Boo. http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/2015/?hptid=bb-2197-f150-reveal
      Chevy 5.3
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hell even the titan,
      AutoReview
      • 1 Year Ago
      But will it be able to take top honors from the MT truck of the year, Ram? We shall see. Seems like Ford is really enjoying the blocky look on their trucks. Even some hints of Ram in this new truck, but the Ram is more streamline and not blocky. No comparison to the GMC and Chevy trucks which are already behind the ball game unfortunately.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AutoReview
        You should change your name from AutoReview to RamReview.
        methos1999
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AutoReview
        Given the F-150 has outsold the Ram for the better part of 30 years, I'm sure Ford exec's are not sweating whether it takes honors away from Ram
      mycommentemail
      • 1 Year Ago
      "for those of us who don't need to wear hardhats at the office" or climb into the thing in our garage to drive out to the suburban shopping mall.
      rlrdkb
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nothing new in making vehicles out of aluminum, thinking it's "State of the Art" indicates how backward the truck industry is.
      Greg Aryous
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Super Duty trucks get extensive Aluminum upgrades next and could save close to 1000 pounds. Then the big SUVs get Aluminum Expedition n Navigator in 2-3 years with mdates later this year. Fords extensive use of Aluminum with smaller EcoBoost engines n 9-10 speed autos gives it a significant advantage with big marketshare gains ahead... Buy Ford (F)
        Bill
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Greg Aryous
        I agree but aluminum trucks will likely cost more and GM's SUV hybrids did not sell well...
      RobbieAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm all for lightweight materials like aluminum, but what concerns me is the effect it will have on cost. On high margin vehicles like the F-150 it's not such an issue, but for lower margin vehicles it will be more so. New cars are already getting out of reach financially for a lot of the "little" people (like me).
        David
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RobbieAG
        You can thank governmental regs for a lot of the cost. The recent CAFE change should continue the trend or be worse. I'd rather pay $1 or $2 more for gas as long as the roads were fixed and CAFE were dropped. Many time used is a better route. I buy new and used depending on the car.
        PossibleHero
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RobbieAG
        Really have to disagree, even though there is some pretty pricey stuff coming out at this autoshow. The new Mazda3, Honda Fit, Chevy Colorado are all really nice options that won't break the bank.
          car czar
          • 1 Year Ago
          @PossibleHero
          Average new car bought in America is 25,000. Average income for a middle income household 45K,
      jrmosery86
      • 1 Year Ago
      MUSTANG MUSTANG MUSTANG!!!!
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I foresee the new Mustang getting even lighter and quicker on its next mid-cycle refresh.
        Carpinions
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        What manufacturer has ever used a midcycle refresh to put the current car on a totally new chassis?
          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Carpinions
          You're right. Might be a tall order for a mid cycle refresh, but I don't really know. Could they simply swap out steel sheet metal for aluminum? They did it for the old F150 body for the Baja race. Is it that easy? Usually, I'd say, "No," but I would propose that it could be that easy if they planned for a switch to aluminum, in advance, while designing the 2015 Mustang. It would make good business sense to plan for improvement in the future, to always keep each model year Mustang new, improved and more exciting. The 2010 Mustang refresh was more than tweaking the bumpers, more than a standard refresh. It had quite a few changes. In the following years, they also made some significant engine changes.
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