Tale of the Tape: Aluminum Body Trims 700+ lbs. Off Ford F-150

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Ford revealed the weight, power and towing capacity of the radical new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup this week.

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The company exceeded its initial promise to reduce the truck’s weight by 700 pounds compared to the current steel-bodied pickup. A well-equipped four-wheel-drive 2015 crew cab weighed 4,942 pounds, a whopping 732 pounds less than a comparable 2014, the Detroit News reported.

The lighter weight should reduce fuel consumption for the new version of America’s best-selling vehicle. The 2015 F-150 goes on sale in the fourth quarter. Ford will announce its price and EPA fuel economy ratings later.

On Thursday, July 24, the day’s biggest mover was the Indian aluminum cash price, which saw a 1.3 percent decline to INR 121.45 ($2.03) per kilogram. The primary aluminum cash price closed at $2,010 per metric ton. Following a couple days of improvement, the metal’s price weakened by 0.5 percent on the LME. After improving for two days, the 3-month price of aluminum declined 0.4 percent on the LME to $2,030 per metric ton.

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Chinese aluminum prices were flat for the day. The price of Chinese aluminum scrap remained essentially flat at CNY 12,250 ($1,977) per metric ton. The price of Chinese aluminum billet held steady at CNY 13,590 ($2,193) per metric ton. For the fifth day in a row, the price of Chinese aluminum bar remained essentially flat at CNY 14,200 ($2,291) per metric ton. The Chinese aluminum cash price remained essentially flat at CNY 13,450 ($2,170) per metric ton.

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