The Wall Street Journal reports that GM is building their next generation Silverado out of aluminum for 2018. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the guys at Ford must be blushing furiously right now.
The potential hassles of switching to aluminum have been well documented at this point, but Ford is probably the best equipped automaker anywhere to handle the transition. Still, it's a large scale change that's going to alter the pickup truck playing field permanently. Whether or not it'll work out in Ford's favor is the big question.
GM (and everyone else honestly) will be watching how Ford handles the roll-out of the new F-150 very carefully.
via [The Motley Fool]
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Just another cost cut. Aluminium is cheaper to work with and ship. You will pay more for it and it will corrode faster in winter. Good luck with that. Honda tried this awhile ago. I wonder what happened to that.
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