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 blast shields among the display being used to showcase the ruggedness of aluminum.
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 pre-production, according to the report.
After analyzing 26 individual components in compact vehicles, the University of Aachen and the European Aluminium Association concluded that using aluminum in some automotive parts (illustrated by the graphic above) could safely reduce vehicle body weight by up to 40 percent, resulting in 2.7 more miles per gallon of gasoline burned or approximately a 10 percent reduction in overall fuel consumption.
A Jaguar XJ, fitted with a twin-turbo V6 diesel engine, drove a total of 1000.2 miles before running the 22.45 gal tank dry. The car recorded an average fuel economy of 44.38 mpg, a number that would put many a gasoline powered sub-compact to shame. Even a few hybrids would be hard pressed to achieve this kind of gas mileage during highway driving. The combination of the advanced diesel engine with the lightweight aluminum body of the XJ made the journey possible. The driver effectively drove th