Will aluminum body panels become a relic of an experimental past or redefine how automakers build cars?
The new Ford F-150 uses the alloy extensively and is receiving accolades for its innovation. People were cautious, even full of ridicule, before the truck hit the market. Comments like, “The new F-150 will be as tough as a beer can,” circulated through the online world.
Now automakers are eating their words and realizing that the use of aluminum in cars is probably not going away.
The big question is: Do the weight savings translate to enough money saved to justify the costly repairs to aluminum?