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Old January 13th, 2014, 02:32 PM
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"Revolutionary" Aluminum Bodied F-150

http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/13/auto...-150-revealed/

Does anyone else find the hupla around this funny? I mean I agree that it's a good idea but I can think of another truck manufacturer that had this idea a while back.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 02:34 PM
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Would have been really cool to see a small torquey turbo diesel option coupled with the weight saving.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 02:49 PM
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I saw that, another article said this was Ford's first aluminium truck. Nope.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 02:58 PM
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Ha ha . According to the Wall Street Journal only the "pricey" Tesla Model S, Audi A& and Jaguar lineup are aluminum.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 03:00 PM
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Ah- then add a TEXAS sized bumper...some under armor, and there goes the 700 lbs. It's all just a sales spin...
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Old January 13th, 2014, 03:31 PM
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I'm guessing it's partially due to CAFE regs.

An almost 15% reduction in kerb weight is pretty significant, however.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 03:47 PM
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Would have been really cool to see a small torquey turbo diesel option coupled with the weight saving.
something like this would be a nice option is a half-ton truck:

http://cumminsengines.com/cummins-5l-v8-turbo-diesel

Or even a smaller inline 6 would be nice.... not everyone needs a 5.9 or 6.7, or the 3/4 ton dodge they come wrapped in.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 03:51 PM
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Even that's a little overkill for what the typical truck driver needs though. That'll pretty much tow anything you need... 500lb/ft. I was thinking closer to 350lb/ft, still plenty of power to tow/haul but way better fuel economy.

Most truck owners I know are rarely if at all using the excessive power offered.

There are people that need tons of power, and that should always be an option.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 04:14 PM
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You guys know the new Chevys are getting a diesel? http://jalopnik.com/2015-gmc-canyon-...-it-1499655926
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New RR and RRS are aluminium as well. It is a great idea. My giant jag is very light for its size and no rust as there is no steel bulkhead or frame. Same with lotus
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Old January 13th, 2014, 05:28 PM
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New RR and RRS are aluminium as well. It is a great idea. My giant jag is very light for its size and no rust as there is no steel bulkhead or frame. Same with lotus
Not sure if aluminum cars are the same but I know aluminum pedal bikes are usually a bunch stiffer than a steel tubed one.

Didn't LR shave a bunch of lbs off the new RR and RRS using more aluminum?
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http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/13/auto...-150-revealed/

Does anyone else find the hupla around this funny? I mean I agree that it's a good idea but I can think of another truck manufacturer that had this idea a while back.
Ford makes crazy money with the F Series. It is the benchmark truck. They are increasing the stiffness and reducing weight. Less weight equals better fuel economy.

I am excited, seriously am, about the new Canyon/ Colorado offerings. Good drivetrains offerings, great fresh looking styling (the Taco is a barely warmed over old, cheap design) and a good size. The Canyon looks fantastic, inside and out. Pricing is important though. If they can get it out there for Frontier money, they have a winner.

As for the Cummins 5.0 V8, Nissan already called dibs on that. It is going into the next gen Titan. The Titan is a great truck with the exception of abysmal fuel economy.
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