Advantages of Aluminum vs Steel Vehicle Body Construction
By now, it’s likely that you know that the all-new Ford F-150 has been completely redesigned for the 2015 model year, and that it comes equipped with a one-of-a-kind aluminum body. Here at Matt Ford, we have been receiving a number of questions about the aluminum pickup, so we thought that it would be helpful to address them on our blog. Let’s look at the advantages of aluminum vs steel vehicle body construction.
For a number of years, automaker have been implementing aluminum in the construction of their vehicle bodies, but never before has the majority of the body been constructed of the lightweight metal. The F-150 is built primarily of aluminum, and for that reason, the overall weight of the pickup is significantly lower. It is roughly 700 pounds lighter than past steel-built bodies of the past, and that brings a number of benefits.
With such a serious amount of weight dropped from the F-150, the engine is able to work more effectively and efficiently. The 2015 Ford F-150 fuel economy ratings are undoubtedly impressive as the engine does not need to work as hard, and the half-ton is also able to deliver a higher towing capacity. Before the engine was required to haul that extra 700 pounds constantly, but now that it has been shed, more of the impressive power can be reserved for more heavy-duty towing applications.
Increased fuel economy and a class-leading towing capacity are just two of the many advantages that the new aluminum body provide. On top of those appealing capabilities, the aluminum body does not cost much to repair. When the new body was first announced, there were concerns that it would be expensive to fix and insure, but as we mentioned back when looking at the Ford F-150 repair and insurance costs, that is simply not the case. The costs are competitive with those of the steel-built models of the F-150.
If you are interested in learning more about the advantages that aluminum can provide, we encourage you to schedule a test drive of the redesigned F-150. We can assure you that once you get behind the wheel, you will find that the new lightweight body is just as effective as the steel vehicle body construction used in the past. With such a variety of benefits, we have no troubles believing that the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 will have no troubles retaining the best-selling streak that the F-Series has held for 37 years.
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