New fuel efficient, aluminum body F-150 from Ford

Ford’s new aluminum body F-150 truck was unveiled recently at its Dearborn, Michigan Truck Plant. One highlight of the ceremony was the fuel economy of the new truck due to its light-weight aluminum body. It is estimated that the new F-150 will deliver 26 miles per gallon (MPG) on the highway compared to 23 MPG for the current steel body F-150. If this is true, it is the most fuel efficient gasoline truck of all full-size pickup trucks even beating the industry leader Ram truck that delivers 25 MPG on the highway. New trucks are expected to hit the dealerships in early December 2014.

Ford managed to shed 700 pounds from its line of F-150 trucks due to aluminum body. Earlier trucks use steel for its body. Ford managed to attain 13 percent more fuel economy due to new material. It spent billions of dollars developing and manufacturing the new truck. Even with the expected fuel economy due to new material, the new Ford F-150 still can carry a payload up to 3,300 pounds and tow up to 12,200 pounds. The new F-150 starts at $25,420 and the EcoBoost engine version will cost additional $495. Compare this with diesel engine Ram that starts with $30,215.

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