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Several months back we posted an epic Top 10 list highlighting some of the priciest, most opulent and downright ludicrous pickups available on the market. Vehicles like the Cadillac Escalade EXT and Harley-Davidson F-150 are but a couple of the high-brow haulers we featured. Those vehicles – and we hesitate to call them trucks – are so over the top they spill into luxury-car territory.
Reports are coming in that Ford‘s next-generation F-Series full size pickups will be using plenty of aluminum panels in order to save weight. Ford is working adamantly to comply with fuel economy standards that continue to become more stringent.
Due in 2014, the new F-Series trucks will have aluminum doors and fenders, which is a tad shocking in the full size pickup market where steel has been the standard for decades. The continued movement towards using aluminum is consistent with Ford’s intentions to shave up to 700-lbs per model before 2019.
Currently the F-Series and Explorer utilize an aluminum hood, but the F-Series has never been outfitted with aluminum body panels. Ultimately however, weight savings means cost savings, in addition to better fuel economy.
[Source: Ward's Auto]
A recall has been issued out for owners of 1997-2004 Ford F-150s, 1997-1999 F-250s and 2002-2003 Lincoln Blackwoods to address a fuel tank strap that has become susceptible to corroding due to de-icing chemicals used on roads in cold weather. Owners of affected vehicles will receive a recall notice in mid-September and replacement straps will be installed on their vehicles. If the straps aren’t available when the recall repairs are done, an interim repair utilizing a cable support under the fuel-tank strap will be installed.
The defect has already lead to three unfortunate fires and one injury according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.