Ford denies rumours of aluminium-bodied cars
During the 2015 Automotive News Congress in Detroit, the president of Ford America revealed that the company has no plans to produce an aluminium-bodied car.
Following the success of the aluminium-bodied F-150 pickup truck, it was thought that Ford may have plans to use the same materials for a passenger car, in order to boost the fuel efficiency. However, in a statement made by Joseph Hinrichs, it was mentioned that while there are many benefits for making a tow truck lightweight, the same is not applicable to passenger cars.
He suggested that those in the market for a truck will pay for more capability, but those looking for a car will be more likely to be looking for better fuel economy when purchasing. Although an aluminium-bodied car would provide improved fuel economy, there are also many other ways to achieve this, which may be more suited to a passenger car.
Aluminium has potential to be used more widely in future
This includes Ford’s EcoBoost engines, aerodynamic designs and active grill shutter designs, which are currently available on selected models of new Ford cars. Although fuel saving, there are also a number of costs associated with aluminium, but Ford has admitted that it’s not giving up considering the material altogether.
In fact, the newly-unveiled Ford GT supercar may have a carbon fibre passenger shell, but the front and rear sub-frames are made from aluminium. If the material becomes less costly, it is highly likely that it will become more used in standard vehicles.
Currently, the F-150’s aluminium body provides 700 pounds in weight savings, and is one of the many reasons the vehicle has become the most popular pickup truck in America for 4 decades. It is also the best-selling vehicle in the U.S and has been for more than 30 years.
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