Following Ford with its 2015 F-150, General Motors is reportedly working towards a largely aluminum-bodied pickup truck as it is under pressure from federal fuel efficiency standards. Set to arrive by late 2018 as a 2019 model according to Wall Street Journal, GM’s next-generation aluminum pickup truck will need to stay competitive with rival Ford in order to keep its sales numbers.
For those who don’t know, GM recently locked-in supply contracts with Alcoa and Novelis and both suppliers are now finding ways to increase aluminum sheet production in order to supply the next-gen GM pickup. According to Wall Street Journal, companies need to order the aluminum sheets for automotive bodies years in advance due to the high demand.
GM already started to put its full-sized pickup trucks on a diet as the aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 will hit the dealerships this fall. According to Reuters, GM will start using more lightweight materials such as composites and aluminum as it needs to replace the conventional steel.
Due to the switch it already made, Ford is few steps ahead of General Motors as the new F-150 body is 95 percent made of a military grade aluminum alloy used also by the Humvees. Moreover, the 2015 Ford F-150 is 700 pounds lighter than the outgoing version.
Ford introduced its reinvented F-150, which is the smartest, toughest, and most capable version of America's favorite truck so far. Needless to say, the all-new Ford F-150 is seen to redefine trucking standards for the future.
The new F-150 delivers a terrific combination of capability, efficiency, and power. This is evident in the use of advanced materials that inhibit corrosion and enhance durability, the breakthrough towing and cargo management solutions, and the faster processors that improve driving performance.
Ford Motor Company’s chief operating officer, Mark Fields, says that the F-150 is known for its being “Built Ford Tough,” but now, it is smart and tough. According to him, the new F-150 is yet another example of the company’s One Ford plan building vehicles that serve the market with a commitment to deliver the best in terms of quality, safety, fuel efficiency, value, and smart design.
What’s more, the new F-150 is a part of the brand’s F-Series truck lineup. It has been the country’s best-selling truck for consecutive 37 years, as well as the best-selling vehicle in America for 32 years.
Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s executive VP and president of The Americas, says that the company has a unique connection with its customers and that, time and again, the F-150 has delivered the smarter and tougher they want together with the capabilities that they need both for work and for play. Hinrichs adds that the company builds its trucks according to very high standards.