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  1. 2015 Ford F-150 Insurance Rates Unwavering, Despite Aluminum Body Concerns

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    Ford made headlines when the company initially announced the 2015 Ford F-150 would feature an aluminum body, versus the steel frame many drivers of the popular vehicle were familiar with.

    The change was a move designed to improve fuel efficiency by lowering the weight of the truck, a trend many carmakers are following these days.

    However, with Ford being a trailblazer of sorts when it comes to aluminum, many worried the change to aluminum over steel would greatly increase repair costs.

    According to Auto News, smart design tactics have held insurance rates steady, at least for the time being.

    While yes, aluminum is more expensive to repair than steel, Ford’s designers took this into account when developing the new F-150.

    For example, repairs for the new aluminum F-150 will take place on a smaller scale, thanks to smaller, cheaper panels being used on the truck’s body.

    Insurers won’t adjust rates until they’ve gathered enough data to identify trends, and that could take upward of a year if not longer.

    So for now, 2015 F-150 owners can breathe a sigh of relief, but whether or not insurance rates stay in check remains to be seen.

  2. The First SUV In Rolls-Royce’s 111-Year History Will Have An Aluminum Body

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    Although Rolls-Royce seems to prefer the label “high-bodied car”, the British luxury automotive company has confirmed it is building an SUV.

    While this would not be notable news for the majority of automakers, it is groundbreaking for Rolls-Royce because this is the first time in the automotive company’s 111-year history it will produce an SUV.

    Not only that, Rolls-Royce’s new model will feature an aluminum body which some might label a risk based on how little we know about the performance and maintenance of aluminum-bodied vehicles up to this point.

    Company Chairman Peter Schwarzenbauer and CEO Torsten Mueller-Ortvoes stated in an open letter last week that the new vehicle will be, “a high-bodied car, with an all-new aluminium architecture” and one that “offers the luxury of a Rolls-Royce in a vehicle that can cross any terrain.”

    It is unknown whether Rolls-Royce has been planning an off-roader for some time now or if the company is simply making an effort to rival luxury automaker, Bentley, currently building its Bentley Bentayga SUV.

    “Sir Henry Royce famously said: ‘When it does not exist, design it,'” the letter reads. “We are doing just that.”