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Ford also turning the heavy-duty pickup trucks to aluminum


The top-selling F-Series pickup truck has a new generation that will hit dealer lots late this year, with the primary novelty being the model’s switch to an “aluminum-intensive” manufacturing process. The F-150 switch to military grade aluminum has been debated numerous times, and as the model has already started production at the recently retooled Dearborn assembly plant, it’s obvious there’s no ...
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