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 Ford Ahead of the Aluminum Game According to New Study

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Seven in 10 pickups will have an aluminum body by 2025, forecasts a new study from Ducker Worldwide.

The consulting and research firm projects that every leading automaker will have an aluminum body program in place — and Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will be the biggest users of aluminum.

Ford later this year will bring to market the first aluminum-bodied mass-market vehicle when it introduces its 2015 F-150.

The study was commissioned by the Aluminum Transportation Group, a promoter for the research and use of aluminum. It looked at trends in aluminum usage for the North American vehicle market.

Automakers are using more aluminum, which is lighter than steel, to lessen weight of vehicles and improve fuel efficiency to meet rising federal emissions standards. Typically, for every 100 pounds of weight reduction, fuel efficiency climbs 1-2 percent.

The Steel Market Development Institute said Tuesday that most weight reduction can still be accomplished using advanced high-strength steel.

Read more on The Detroit News.
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6/11/2014 8:00 AM