Chrysler Will Stick With Steel Body Panels for Dodge Ram Trucks

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Chrysler Group is planning an extensive facelift of its full-size Ram 1500 pickup in spring 2017, but has no plans to follow rivals General Motors and Ford Motor Co. in replacing steel body panels with aluminum until a complete redesign after 2020, industry sources told Reuters.

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While Ford and GM are shifting to lighter aluminum body panels to dramatically reduce the weight of their best-selling full-size pickups, Chrysler is planning to stick mainly with steel when it updates the big Ram pickup in 2017, according to two sources familiar with the automakers’ plans. Lighter steel alloys seem to be Chrysler’s preferred route to complying with tougher Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards that go into effect next year from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

At INR 126.05 ($2.08) per kilogram, the Indian aluminum cash price moved up 1.0 percent on Thursday, August 21, making it the day’s biggest mover. On the LME, the 3-month price of aluminum inched up 0.8 percent to $2,054 per metric ton. On the LME, the primary aluminum cash price rose 0.4 percent to $2,037 per metric ton.

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Chinese aluminum prices were flat for the day. The price of Chinese aluminum scrap was unchanged at CNY 12,250 ($1,995) per metric ton. The price of Chinese aluminum billet remained essentially flat at CNY 13,590 ($2,213) per metric ton. The price of Chinese aluminum bar saw little movement at CNY 14,200 ($2,313) per metric ton. The cash price of Chinese aluminum saw essentially no change for the fifth day in a row, remaining around CNY 13,960 ($2,274) per metric ton.

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