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Toyota is playing catch-up with incorporating aluminum into its more popular vehicles, unlike rivals Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. The three North American automakers have wholly embraced the material, starting with hoods and panels in pickups and big SUVs, and spreading through — in the case of Chrysler — about 80 percent of its lineup. […]

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In what might be the most predictable statement to come from a steel-maker ever, ArcelorMittal has said that automakers don’t need to switch away from steel in order to hit future fuel efficiency regulations. The company recently released the results of a study showing that it could cut the weight of a pickup truck by […]

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Ford is making a massive gamble with its upcoming 2015 F-150 pickup, and while customers aren’t expected to start receiving orders until February, there are plenty of critics who don’t believe the company will be able to handle the pressure. The biggest challenge will certainly be the F-150′s use of aluminum body panels — which […]

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Four truck customers have been offered the chance to get behind the wheel of Ford’s new aluminum-built, EcoBoost-powered 2015 F-150. Ford started releasing last Friday the first of four videos in the “You Test” series; these videos will show, said Ford, how these customers tested the all-new F-150 at www.BuiltToughTest.com. The company explained these truck […]

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Jaguar explained its new model, the XE, will rely on aluminum to reduce weight. The upcoming Jaguar XE has been designed around a new modular vehicle architecture and uses an aluminum-intensive unibody, said Jaguar; lightweight aluminum accounts for 75 percent of the structure. Lightweight construction is a core element of Jaguar design, said the company, […]

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Jaguar Land Rover is launching a new family of engines, one that will be made in diesel and gasoline versions, as well as eventually linked to a hybrid system. Known as Ingenium, the new family of diesel and gasoline engines designed, engineered and manufactured by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) are said by the company to […]

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Ford is putting a lot at stake by switching to aluminum for its new F-150 pickup truck and took unique measures to make sure the new truck would withstand jobsite usage. The move to aluminum is led by the need to save fuel. The company said it sent six prototype pickups – each with an […]

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Alcoa has rolled out what it considers the world’s lightest heavy-duty truck wheel. This latest wheel, the Ultra ONE, will help trucks shed pounds for increased payload and fuel efficiency, said Alcoa. Alcoa added its new 40-pound wheel is 47 percent lighter than steel wheels of the same size. The Ultra ONE can help, according […]

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The amount of aluminum body sheet content in North American vehicles is expected by automakers to quadruple by 2015 and increase tenfold by 2025 from 2012 levels. This has benefits for fuel consumption, but also for the U.S. aluminum industry. One good example of vehicle raising demand for the material is the 2015 Ford F-150; […]

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Ford introduced today in Detroit an all-new F-150 combining an aluminum-alloy body, auto start-stop and a new Ecoboost engine. We know, pickups are not the greenest vehicles, but they warrant a mention when such a big seller makes huge efforts to reduce its mass and fuel consumption. According to Ford, the new F-150 lost up […]

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