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Ford Details 2015 F-150 Weight Reduction

Ford has given additional details about how it achieved an approximately 700-pound weight reduction on its 2015 F-150 truck beyond its use of military-grade aluminum in the body panels.

Upfit Lightweighting is More Complex Than Simply Reducing Weight

When used in the manufacture of truck bodies and van equipment, lightweight materials, such as thinner gauge high-strength steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and plastic composites, enable fleets to reduce vehicle weight to improve fuel economy, increase legal payload, and even drop down to a smaller (often more fuel-efficient) vehicle.

Aluminum Mechanics Bumper

The Pride Bodies aluminum mechanics bumper is more lightweight and corrosion-resistant than a comparable steel bumper. The aluminum part reduces 200 pounds of weight compared to steel.

Reinventing the F-150 Truck with Aluminum

The decision to lightweight the Ford F-150 with an aluminum body was not reached lightly, and numerous challenges faced the automaker in making this risky change to its best-selling pickup truck.

Assembling Ford's Aluminum Body F-150

Ford's all-aluminum 2015 F-150 is rolling off the line in Dearborn, Mich., thanks to a $329 million renovation to the 100-year-old plant. Work Truck captured the line in action. Photos by Chris Wolski.

First Aluminum F-150 Rolls off Assembly Line

Ford has built its first aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup truck, and production of the vehicle is now underway at the 100-year-old Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Mich., an event marked by the appearance of Bill Ford and other dignitaries.

Ford to Add Aluminum to Next-Gen Super Duty Trucks

Ford will incorporate high-strength aluminum alloys into the body of its next-generation Super Duty truck lineup, Ford's new CEO announced Sept. 29 while presenting the company's global growth goals.

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