The Aluminum Ford F-150: Fact or Fiction?

2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost

The Jaguar XJ and Audi A8 famously use aluminum frames and body panels to help the luxury barges achieve a low weight and improved fuel economy over their steel-wearing brethren.

In those vehicles, aluminum makes sense, and it’s probably the material of the future for cars in their class.

Full-size American pickups, though, require something a little sturdier. American cowboys like their domestic workhorses because they’re tough, heavy-duty machines built with good old-fashioned steel. No pansy lightweight building materials like those Europeans are using.

Well, cover your ears cowboys, because the F-150 is going aluminum. Maybe.

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