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GM to Follow in Ford’s Aluminum Footsteps

Wall St. Cheat Sheet -- For Ford and Chevrolet, it’s generally about trucks. The Silverado and the F-150 are perennially at odds, and that competition has only grown more heated in recent years. When one brand makes a breakthrough, it can be largely assumed that the other will follow suit. That is seemingly happening with Ford’s recent decision to swap out the swaths of steel on its F-150 with aluminum. While Ford’s leading pickup will the hit market later this year, General Motors hopes to apply the same approach by 2018.

The news was broken after GM reportedly recently secured supply contracts with Alcoa (NYSE:AA) and Novelis Inc., as both aluminum suppliers are now making efforts to increase aluminum sheet production to supply the next-generation of GM’s Silverado pickup, according to the Wall Street Journal.


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2014 5:54:04 AM

already decided, my next towing vehicle will be a 1-ton Ram.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2014 5:51:31 AM

definitely no longer built Chevy tough.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 11:37:35 PM

I guess their ads will have to change.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 12:17:54 PM

Good for Ford.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 10:38:06 AM

Lighten the pickup some more so they won't hold the road at all.
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Ebaz
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 7:16:28 AM

Lighter weight
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 2:09:30 AM

beer cans with wheels
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 1:37:15 AM

It's the government forcing auto manufacturers to lighten vehicles as much as possible to gain more mpg's.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 12:19:13 AM

Its to the point its the same truck with brand name difference.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 12:04:01 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 12:00:48 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 12:00:35 AM

...2020, Ford and GM trucks are the most stolen vehicles...recycling centers are taking in tons of scrap aluminum...
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:59:45 PM

Hmm...
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:58:44 PM

Scrap and steal
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:58:02 PM

Should be a plan.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:56:27 PM

Aluminum will be as high as copper. They will steal your car for the scrap metal.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:56:23 PM

Interesting...
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ok
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:55:30 PM

New truck owners will decide if this was a good decision or not.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:53:41 PM

Why not plastic like the old Saturns?
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:53:39 PM

Sounds like a good idea
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ok
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:51:32 PM

hmmm
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:50:19 PM

So now they will corrode instead of rusting!
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:46:56 PM

Time will tell.....
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:44:38 PM

I would think they would have to use a thicker metal to hold up against accidents??..??
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:43:40 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:43:17 PM

Okay.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:42:52 PM

Good luck with that.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:42:26 PM

GM always follows Ford around, trying to catch up.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:42:12 PM

First step is always the most difficult, but also most rewarding
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:39:27 PM

How much will this add to the cost?
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:35:34 PM

hope they hold up in accidents.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:33:44 PM

right
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:33:12 PM

It'll be interesting to see the outcome of this dual.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:32:27 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:30:08 PM

Hmmm...
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:29:50 PM

How strong will this be in case of collision?
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:27:44 PM

sure
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:26:50 PM

sounds to creative.
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Government Motors too dumb to be creative
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:23:13 PM

Ford goes where no auto maker has gone before......but in a few years they will strip the trucks down with plastic crap!
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:22:07 PM

ya dummies - ya killed the car division with plastic bodies, you gonna forget it until some forgeiners beat ya to it again?
Fenders, doors and cargo box can be plastic. Plastic over aluminum or are ya gonna take all 25 years to reduce weight 10 lbs a year?
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Zzzzzzzzz
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:21:44 PM

Good luck with that
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:19:33 PM

There goes the price for can recyclers. Start saving those pop cans.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:14:50 PM

Hope it works out ....
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:13:19 PM

Aluminum on the body I can understand. Using it as the frame foundation, I'm not so sure of.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:10:57 PM

If they can get the cars light enough, we will float down the highway.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:10:25 PM

Is anyone surprised.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:05:47 PM

Aluminum, wood what Next?
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