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Ford Reserving Aluminum Construction Mostly for Trucks

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When Ford debuted the new 2015 F-150 at the Detroit show a year ago, it shocked everyone when it revealed the truck was made from aluminum, which not only helped the truck shed as much as 700 pounds, but also made it more capable. While it may seem like that type of construction would also benefit all other types of Ford cars, the Blue Oval sees it differently.

That's according to Ford president of the Americas Joe Hinrichs, who revealed at the 2015 Detroit auto show that it will be limiting aluminum construction to its trucks because there are other more cost-effective ways to improve efficiency in cars. Hinrichs said aluminum "has a place but not the same kind of place," in cars as on the new F-150, reports Automotive News. 2015 Ford F 150 Platinum Ecoboost© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford F 150 Platinum Ecoboost

“One of the big benefits you get from lightweighting on trucks is you give customers more capability that they want. You can tow more, you can haul more, you can do more of those things by taking the weight out,” he said.

These types of benefits don't necessarily apply to consumers looking to buy a car though, since truck buyers are more willing to fork out the extra money for increased capability. On the other hand, consumers are more eager to pay the extra dollar for efficiency, and there are other ways to achieve that according to Hinrichs. The executive expects that when aluminum is used on Ford cars, it will be limited to parts like doors and hoods. Ford also announced that it's dabbling with more use of carbon fiber, which we saw on the new Shelby GT350R that even boasted carbon fiber wheels.2017 Ford F 150 Raptor© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Ford F 150 Raptor

Meanwhile, future aluminum trucks we can expect from Ford will be the next-gen Super Duty and the new 2017 Raptor.

Ford Reserving Aluminum Construction Mostly for Trucks

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