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2015 Ford F-150 Goes Aluminum, Still Ford Tough

For 2015, Ford is reinventing the pickup truck game with the extensive use of aluminum throughout the workhorse. This shaves weight and increases fuel economy at a time when every automaker is looking for new avenues of fuel-saving possibilities.

While this is great for Ford, a company pushing the envelope on vehicle construction, it does have some worried that aluminum, which isn’t as tough as the steel traditionally used, will be a disadvantage to pickup truck owners.

However, the Ford F-150 has not only been the best-selling truck in America, but the best-selling car overall for the better part of three decades. Ford knows how to do trucks, and the 2015 F-150 is just as tough as it has ever been and we at Scottsdale Ford are excited to have it on our dealership lots this fall.

Ford went through exhaustive testing, sneaking aluminum clad trucks into races and work sites years prior to its recent unveiling to give the truck and new body panels a clandestine test of strength.

Ford went all out, making 90 percent of the F-150’s cab out of aluminum. Steel components include door latches and hinges, body rivets, mounting studs, cross-door side-impact beams, frame and the majority of the firewall.

One feature on the 2015 F-150 is the aluminum bed. While aluminum is softer and less dense than steel, Ford says it uses aluminum that’s thicker gauge than the steel once used for it. Not only does it mean the truck is nearly 700 pounds lighter, but it is better ding and dent resistant than steel.

The 2015 Ford F-150 will be at Chapman Ford later this year.