USA Today is reporting: After more than 100 years using steel, Ford Motor Co. plans to make its Ford F-150 pickup truck with a largely aluminum body.
Ford is hoping the switch to the lighter metal will cut the weight of its F-150 truck by about 15 percent and help it meet tougher federal fuel-economy targets. But it comes with a host of manufacturing obstacles and may be hard to convince loyal buyers that aluminum is as tough as steel.
So what do you guys think, is modern aluminum capable of being as tough as steel?
I don't know how much is going to be aluminum, but I would imagine the frame wouldn't be (that just seems silly)... but the rest of it?
Seems it is most of the body that will be aluminum instead of steel. They aren't changing the frame or axles or anything. That being said, all-aluminum block motors have been around for a while and are used in pretty intense places.