More Aluminum-Bodied Cars and Trucks Are Coming, Report Says


  • 2015 Ford F-150 Picture

    2015 Ford F-150 Picture

    Aluminum-bodied vehicles, such as the 2015 Ford F-150, are coming to market, a new report says. | June 10, 2014

Just the Facts:
  • Aluminum-bodied cars and trucks, including the 2015 Ford F-150, are "coming in a big way," according to a new report.
  • By 2025, more than 75 percent of all new pickup trucks produced in North America will be aluminum-bodied, according to a survey of automakers conducted by Ducker Worldwide.
  • Fuel economy standards are helping to drive the movement toward building lightweight vehicles that use aluminum.

DETROIT — Aluminum-bodied cars and trucks, including the 2015 Ford F-150, are "coming in a big way," according to a new report released on Tuesday.

By 2025, more than 75 percent of all new pickup trucks produced in North America will be aluminum-bodied, according to a survey of automakers conducted by Ducker Worldwide.

Fuel economy standards are helping to drive the movement toward building lightweight vehicles that use aluminum.

"Consumers won't visibly notice a different metal under the paint, but they'll see greater savings at the gas pump and experience better performance and handling at the wheel," said Tom Boney, chairman of the Aluminum Association's aluminum transportation group, in a statement.

Car shoppers were introduced to the 2015 Ford F-150 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

Aluminum alloys are used throughout the 2015 F-150 body for the first time, as the truck sheds up to 700 pounds. The EPA has not published official fuel economy numbers on the 2015 F-150. The truck arrives at dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year.

Ducker Worldwide said that Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler "will become the biggest users of aluminum sheet in the next decade."

It also forecasts that the number of vehicles with complete aluminum body structures will reach 18 percent of North American production, from less than 1 percent today.

"Vehicle segments revealed as emerging aluminum content leaders are pickup trucks, sport-utility vehicles and both midsize and full-size sedans," the report said.

Edmunds says: Your future vehicle may feature an aluminum body, something that may save you some money at the pump.

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