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GM plays catchup in the aluminum game

We’ve all heard about the 2015 Ford F-150 and the fact that its aluminum diet allowed it to lose 700 pounds. While the ladder frame of the all-new F-150 is still constructed of high-strength steel, 95 percent of its body structure made of “high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys” according to Ford.
So Ford has gone to aluminum to reduce weight and thus improve fuel economy. Chrysler has gone a completely different route by providing a new V6 diesel engine for the half-ton Ram 1500. So that leaves the industry looking to General Motors to provide a counterpunch in the full-size pickup fuel efficiency wars.
We are now learning that General Motors will take the Ford approach by using aluminum for the body of its next generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size trucks. According to The Wall Street Journal, GM’s hand has been forced by increasingly stringent fuel economy standards (and of course market pressure from rivals).

2014 Chevrolet Silverado
According to the WSJ report, GM is partnering with both Alcoa and Novelis to supply aluminum sheets for its next generation trucks. As we reported earlier this month, Ford has already inked a deal with Novelis to supply aluminum sheets for its F-150.
“There’s isn’t an automotive manufacturer that makes vehicles in North America that we’re not talking to,” said Tom Boney, head of North American automotive business for Novelis, in an interview with The Detroit News. “Our customers will be making announcements fairly regularly over the next six years that will transform the automobile industry.”
GM last redesigned the Silverado/Sierra in 2013 for the 2014 model year.

Source: Wall Street Journal/Reuters

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RE: Catch Up
By stm1185 on 2/19/2014 4:56:26 PM , Rating: 0
GM has a modest improvement, that ultimately makes very little difference to the end user. Ford is pushing out a major upgrade, the smaller turbo v6 could pull 30mpg highway in a full size truck, which is rediculous.

The new GM is like an i7 930 over the 2014 Ford's i7 920, while the 2015 Ford is a i7 2600k.

RE: Catch Up
By Spuke on 2/19/2014 5:58:33 PM , Rating: 2
Ford is pushing out a major upgrade, the smaller turbo v6 could pull 30mpg highway in a full size truck, which is rediculous.
I'm looking forward to that new engine big time. Hopefully it doesn't disappoint.

RE: Catch Up
By gerf on 2/19/14, Rating: 0
RE: Catch Up
By Jeffk464 on 2/20/2014 12:16:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but why didn't they go aluminum on the upcoming mustang? Now that would have been something.

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