Ford's 2015 F-150 is supposed to be the first pickup truck to feature an aluminum body. David Frane reports on this aluminum pick up and also reminds readers that aluminum has been in use to make car bodies a lot longer than predicted.
Frane also takes a look at the opinions surrounding the new F-150 and the cost of repairing the aluminum compared to the original steel:
In an effort to determine the cost of repairing an aluminum body, Edmunds took a sledgehammer to a new F-150 and had the truck repaired at a nearby Ford dealer. The story received a lot of attention because it contained video of the sledgehammer attack. Edmunds concluded it will be significantlymore expensive to repair the aluminum body of the new F-150 than it was to repair the steel bodies of earlier models.