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2015's Top Ten Tech Cars: Ford F-Series - An aluminum truck for the masses

Aluminum on a six-figure Aston Martin may be no big deal, but when it goes on the Ford F-Series pickup—America’s best-selling vehicle for 33 consecutive years —the world takes notice. The bodacious 2015 model must be considered one of the biggest product gambles in Ford’s history, being the product of a multibillion-dollar investment in Ford’s assembly lines, tooling, and engineering. The F-150 has roughly 450 kilograms (1,000 pounds) of aluminum in its body, suspension, and other components, and it saves nearly 320 kg versus the outgoing model—a 15 percent loss. The switch from tried-and-true welded steel for an aluminum cab and cargo box alone saves 204 kg. Structural adhesives and about 4,000 rivets replace the roughly 7,000 spot welds of the old model, boosting rigidity. Inside the engine compartment is another advance. It’s a pair of optional, twin-turbocharged EcoBoo...

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