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  1. Chevy Continues To Attack Ford’s Innovative Aluminum F-150 In New Ad

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    YouTube/Chevrolet

    GM’s Chevrolet continues to attack rival Ford’s innovative aluminum-body F-150 pickup through a series ads basically saying Ford’s new truck is too costly and tedious to repair.

    In the ad below, Howie Long and Chief Engineer Eric Stanczak review a third party test on the time and cost of repairing the Chevy Silverado and Ford’d aluminum F-150.

    Chevy comes to the conclusion that aluminum isn’t as strong as steel and that insurance costs are more than likely higher for the aluminum F-150.

    What’s odd about this marketing idea is the fact that the majority of industry experts believe all trucks will be made of aluminum in a few years.

    I’m not so sure it’s smart of Chevrolet to attack Ford’s innovation when they will probably eventually have to copy the idea to compete in the pickup market.

  2. Crash Test Reveals Ford’s Aluminum F-150 Is Safer Than Previous Steel Versions

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    Ford

    Many people have expressed concerns regarding how Ford’s new aluminum bodied trucks would hold up, but The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration might have just put the entire debate to rest.

    They gave five stars for both the frontal and side impact tests and four stars for the rollover rating, resulting in the new 2015 F-150 Super Crew garnering the highest rating possible from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    To put it in perspective, the previous F-150 steel model received an overall rating of four stars and only three stars for the frontal crash.

    Not only did Ford successfully cut 700 pounds from their new F-150, it appears as though they have made a safer truck in the process.

    Pair the safety results with increased fuel efficiency and I would expect sales of the new aluminum F-150 to spike very soon.

  3. Ford’s Infographic Explaining Where The New Aluminum F-150 Lost Weight

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    The infographic below represents more of a marketing ploy for Ford than it does an educational piece, but it is interesting nonetheless.

    Ever since announcing the new F-150 would feature an aluminum body, the company has bragged about the truck’s new found lightness.

    Some would even say one of America’s favorite trucks lost weight…

    The funny thing about this infographic you’ll notice however is, it encompasses all the weight lost UNDER the aluminum body.

    Check it out for yourself!

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    Ford

  4. Ford’s New Aluminum F-150 Wins 2015 Truck Of The Year At Detroit Auto Show

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    Ford Motor

    After losing the Motor Trend Truck of the Year to the Colorado, Ford has scored big by winning the 2015 truck of the year at this year’s Detroit auto show with the company’s brand new aluminum F-150.

    Ford’s new F-150 utilizes lightweight aluminum in order to greatly increase fuel economy, but transitioning from steel to aluminum could prove to be worrisome for consumers.

    It is worth noting that Ford’s new aluminum truck has increased towing capacity for those looking to haul heavy loads.

    “The Ford F-150 is an American icon that Ford not only freshened but gave a big injection of innovation,” said Michelle Krebs, an analyst with AutoTrader. “We may well look back at the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 as a turning point in how trucks are constructed.”

  5. Ford Unveils New Aluminum F-150

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    Rumors have been confirmed that Ford is building the next F-150 with an aluminum body.

    Using aluminum over steel for the truck body has many advantages, including shedding 750 pounds of weight off the vehicle. In addition, dings are easier to buffer back into shape and aluminum offers incredible corrosion performance, almost to the point where it does not corrode at all.

    Unlike iron and most steel forming rust, aluminum forms a layer of aluminum oxide (Al2O3) which bonds with the surface layer of the aluminum and creates a shield from corrosion.

    While aluminum, weight for weight, can cost as much as six times the price of steel, the 750 pound reduction results in a similar total production cost for the new F-150.

    Currently, Al/Sc bodies for cars and trucks are a new idea with the primary applications being in bicycles, baseball bats, and wind turbines.

    The Land Rover Series I first introduced aluminum alloys as car bodies over 60 years ago, in 1948, and including the Series I, II, and III, 70% of those cars with aluminum bodies are still on the road.

    The statistic above bodes well for Ford’s new trucks.

    © Carlos Osorio AP

    © Carlos Osorio AP