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    Report: How Ford plans to handle insurance and repair questions surrounding new aluminum-bodied F-150
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    Building a car out of aluminum has a number of benefits - the lighter weight allows the vehicle to be more agile, more fuel efficient, make better use of its power and be more resistant to dings and dents. The downside to the advanced construction, though, is that repairs are both challenging and ...

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    Report: F-150 just the start of Ford's aluminum plans
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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 ...

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    Report: Ford bringing production F-150 to Detroit with Atlas styling and Alcoa blast shields
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    According to a report in Bloomberg, the 2015 Ford F-150 will indeed be showing up at the Detroit Auto Show next month. It will bring attitude with it, not only in the form of sheetmetal inspired by the Atlas concept (pictured) that appeared at the 2013 Detroit show but also in the Alcoa military ...

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    Report: Next Ford F-150 delayed for aluminum body panel issues?
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    The timetable for next-generation Ford F-150 may be in trouble if a report from The Truth About Cars is true. The next F-150 is slated to make extensive use of weight-saving aluminum in its body, but the aluminum alloy provided by suppliers hasn't met Ford's requirements in the earliest phases of ...

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    Report: GM planning to put its fullsize pickups on a big diet, too
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    General Motors is just coming off a complete redesign of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra for 2014, but in the US fullsize truck market, there is no rest for the weary. According to Reuters, plans are already unfurling for both trucks to drop pounds from their curb weight over the next few ...

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    Report: Range Rover Evoque convertible unlikely to see production
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    From the time when all we had were rumors of a Range Rover Evoque convertible, to the grainy spy shots of said topless SUV in some English alley, to the time it rolled out on the floor of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, nothing could keep people from asking, "Is this really happening?" To be fair, ...

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    Video: Morgan confirms development of magnesium and aluminum chassis
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    In a brief chat with The Telegraph, managing director of Morgan, Charles Morgan, talked about how the tiny UK automaker will navigate the future. Morgan believes that as long as the company can find a way to exploit niche products that the big automakers can't or won't do, and if his firm can be ...

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    Featured: Project Ugly Horse: Part III
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    Now With More Manual Transmission Trust me when I say there is no more detestable a sensation than being slowly overrun by cold tranny fluid. This isn't my first rodeo. I have, in the past, pulled any number of transmissions, both automatic and manual, and no matter how many times I do the ...

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    Rumormill: Next Audi A8 could get RWD-based platform, jettison all-aluminum chassis
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    Just because the current Audi A8 is about to get a little update for 2013 doesn't mean we can't talk about the German automaker's next generation flagship sedan. According to a new report from Car and Driver, the next A8 is targeted for 2016 or 2017. Part of the next design will most likely ...

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    Report: Will Ford turn to aluminum for body of next F-150? Maybe.
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    According to The Wall Street Journal, Ford intends to utilize aluminum for the body of its next-generation F-150. In order to meet tightening fuel economy regulations, the WSJ says Ford will turn to the lightweight material, which could cut curb weight by a whopping 700 pounds. Working in tandem ...

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    Report: Next Ford F-Series to go on diet, make extensive use of aluminum
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    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 ...

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    Rumormill: Audi to bring back the A2 to slot in between A1, A3
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    Remember when German automakers' line-ups were fairly straightforward? Take Audi, for example. There was the A4, the A6, and the A8. And that was pretty much it. But now there's an A1, A3, A5, A7, TT, R8, Q5, Q7...the list keeps growing. And it looks ready to keep on growing, too, as reports come ...

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    Video: Giant aluminum chunk gets CNC'd down to 64-pound engine block
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    The Ultimate Mill – Click above to watch video after the jump
    If you're a billet aluminum fetishist, then today is your lucky day. Kirkham Motorsports loves aluminum and it uses the metal to build the bodies of its Cobra replicas and engine blocks. The engine blocks are billet pieces ...

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    Next generation Audi A4 to shed over 300 pounds
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    2009 Audi A4 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Over the course of the last 20 years, each new Audi model has weighed around 10 percent more than its predecessor, but that all changed when the all-new 2009 Audi A4 (B8) debuted last year. The mid-size sedan gained less than 100 pounds ...

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    Audi aluminum-bodied A5 prototype sheds over 240 pounds
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    Audi Aluminum A5 Coupe Prototype - Click above for a high-res image
    Audi is continuing the aluminum architecture tradition employed on the A8, R8 and TT with a new prototype of the A5 that sheds 242 pounds from the standard 2.0-liter model. The Aluminum A5 Prototype uses the steel-bodied ...

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    Ratan Tata: All future Jaguars and Land Rovers to feature aluminum construction
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    2010 Jaguar XJ – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Jaguar has been touting the aluminum-intensive construction of the XJ sedan since the previous-generation model was introduced back in 2003. According to the automaker, the use of aluminum in lieu of steel can lead to an impressive 40 ...

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    Big Block Fever: First Anniversary 427 Big Block ZL-1 on the block at Barrett Jackson
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    Monster motors were the order of the day in the late 1960s, and GM's 427 was a part of that class. The drawback to a big-block's burly output was, and still is, the increased weight of the engine. While big blocks are a hoot for straight line shenanigans, a small block car is often a better ...

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    BMW USA offering factory performance parts, with full warranty
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    BMW has officially thrown its hat in the performance parts game here in the U.S., likely rivaling the products available from aftermarket firms and coming complete with a factory-backed warranty.Beginning with the 3-series and Z4, BMW is offering a host of components, from brake upgrades to engine ...

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    Mercedes going all-aluminum with new SL and SLC super coupe
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    In late June we showed you spy shots of the Mercedes-Benz SCL, what we believe will be Mercedes' answer to the Audi R8. It seems that the new Merc will be armed with a new weapon when it enters the fight - a lower curb weight. Just Auto is reporting that Mercedes has plans to build the SL model out ...

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    Next Range Rover to go upmarket, downmarket and lighter-weight
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    With Ford selling off parts of its Premium Automotive Group (PAG) one at a time, it remains uncertain if Land Rover and Jaguar will end up under the same ownership in the future. In the meantime, Land Rover is collaborating with Jaguar on a future flagship model that will draw on Jaguar's expertise ...

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