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Old 01-13-14, 06:33 PM   #16
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Everything looks nice down the side, especially in black, just can't get past the terrible front end. Looks like a audi-evo-tundra mutant baby. Bleh.
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Old 01-14-14, 05:36 AM   #18
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I really like it. Great looking truck! Can't wait to see the numbers on the new powertrain options and MPG figures.
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Those headlamp and taillight design are so cool. Can't wait to see one at night
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Old 01-21-14, 02:55 PM   #22
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How Ford plans to handle insurance and repair questions surrounding new aluminum-bodied F-150

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Building a car out of aluminum has a number of benefits - the lighter weight allows the vehicle to be more agile, more fuel efficient, make better use of its power and be more resistant to dings and dents. The downside to the advanced construction, though, is that repairs are both challenging and expensive. That's troubling for the new, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150, because it's kind of made a name for itself as a rugged, durable work vehicle.

How will the legions of Ford buyers cope when it comes time to insure and repair their new trucks? Well, according to Ford, it's expecting a ten-percent jump in insurance costs for the aluminum-bodied F-150, although Ford's truck marketing manager, Doug Scott, was quick to point out that the F-150 is generally cheaper to insure than its competition from Ram and General Motors. "At the end of the day, that's sort of a wash," Scott told Automotive News at last week's Detroit Auto Show. "We've spent a lot of time and feel very comfortable that that's not going to be an inhibitor."

The other issue facing Ford is the distinct lack of body shops that have the training or equipment to repair aluminum-bodied vehicles. AN cites an estimate from the Automotive Service Association claiming that of the 30,000 independent body shops in the US, less than 10 percent are able to work on aluminum.

Aluminum repairs demand their own set of tools, and you generally can't mix and match tools for aluminum and steel. The lightweight metal is also difficult to form, as Ford found out. These two factors, combined with the limited number of aluminum-bodied vehicles on the road, has kept shops from investing in the tools and training to work with the metal. Ford doesn't seem concerned, though.

"We've just been waiting for the reveal to unveil a certification process for dealer-owned body shops and the independent channel," Scott told AN. While it may still be some time before that process is implemented, early adopters won't be left out in the cold - Ford estimates that 90 percent of F-150 customers live within two hours of a certified repair facility, while 80 percent are within half an hour.

"Ford is going to have to execute, and building at that volume in aluminum has never been done in the history of the automobile business. And there are reasons it hasn't been don: It's expensive, and it's complicated and it's difficult to work with," said Mike Jackson, the CEO of AutoNation. That said, Ford seemingly has its ducks in a row on the repair end of the aluminum game. Whether this gamble will pan out in the grand scheme, though, remains to be seen.
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Good for Ford pioneering a best selling model like this with aluminum. Other manufacturers who use aluminum don't build at this sort of volume. This well help shops start to adopt working on such a material and hopefully drive costs down in the future
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FYI Lexus actually tested and trained 2 years before the launch of Lexus in regards to aluminum, so body shops would be ready…
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FYI Lexus actually tested and trained 2 years before the launch of Lexus in regards to aluminum, so body shops would be ready…
That's admirable, but I can't think of any other Automaker, not Jaguar, Audi or Lexus that plan to use as much aluminum as Ford is going to be soon in volume. Hopefully this move spurs other automakers to jump on board and drive costs down
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That's admirable, but I can't think of any other Automaker, not Jaguar, Audi or Lexus that plan to use as much aluminum as Ford is going to be soon in volume. Hopefully this move spurs other automakers to jump on board and drive costs down
True but you would think they would have thought that out…we are talking about a case load of aluminum work never seen before….

I have no doubt it will be a great truck the F-150 has earned its right at #1.
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I love the design of the new F150. When they redesigned the F250, I thought it looked extremely ugly and still do think it looks weird. This seems like a much cleaner design to me.
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I have no doubt it will be a great truck the F-150 has earned its right at #1.
Granted, the new F-series has a previously stellar sales-record and customer-satisfaction rate to fall back on, and the weight-savings of the aluminum panels may have an effect on vehicle performance and gas mileage. But, in other ways, it going to have its work cut out for it going up against the latest versions of the Ram and Silverado, which, today, basically drive like and have the refinement of some luxury cars.

I also share some of the concerns of body-repair that often accompanies aluminum-panelled vehicles. F-150s are used for a lot of hard work , and those panels are likely to get more than their share of dents. Audi and Jaguar had to provide a list of body-shps qualified to work on their A8 and XJ models.....but, unlike them, the new F-150 (as far as I know) still has a traditional steel ladder-frame under the aluminum panels, so, at least, aluminum frame-bending will not be an issue
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But, in other ways, it going to have its work cut out for it going up against the latest versions of the Ram and Silverado, which, today, basically drive like and have the refinement of some luxury cars.
when did you last drive an f-150? they're quiet and smooth.

also, if likely decent fuel economy improvements come, i'd say ram and silverado will have a very hard time as many who buy trucks would LOVE to save some money on gas, especially farming and construction workers who tend to drive a lot of miles.
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