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Ford increases aluminum on new truck

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For the first time, Ford has introduced a new truck that features high strength aluminum alloys and other advanced materials to create what it says is a tougher, but ligher weight vehicle.

The automotive industry has taken a cue from other industries, such as aerospace and energy, who have been increasing the content of high strength, ligther weight metal alloys such as aluminum in the manufacturing of their products.

The introduction of aluminum throughout the body of the F-150 has removed 700 lb (318 kg) of weight from the truck.

“Our objective was to find materials that allowed us to design the truck to be as tough – or tougher – than the current model, yet could help it be hundreds of pounds lighter for better capability and fuel economy,” says Pete Friedman, manager, Ford manufacturing research. “Out of all the materials we tested, we carefully selected only certain grades of aluminum that met our high performance standards in all of our tests, while allowing us to trim hundreds of pounds from the truck.”

The reduced weight of the high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys enables the F-150 to tow and haul more than ever while also improving acceleration, braking and handling performance. Adding to these benefits, aluminum alloys will not rust and are resistant to corrosion, helping enhance vehicle life.

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