Ram 1500 Likely to Stick With Steel Through 2020

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Despite the fact that Ford and GM are both switching to aluminum bodies for their pickup trucks, Ram is apparently going to stay the course with steel.

Ram has plans to implement an extensive Ram 1500 facelift for 2017, but has no firm plans to change the materials used in its pickup truck bodies. If it does happen, it won’t be until after 2020, when the 1500 is due for a full redesign.

Weight loss is the main motivation for switching from heavy steel to lightweight aluminum. The material helped Ford shave up to 700 pounds from the F-150.

On the downside, aluminum dents much easier than steel, and many believe it is not as durable. On top of that, a major investment is required to accommodate the new material on the assembly line.

If Ram sticks with steel, the company will have to make strides in other areas to improve the fuel economy of its trucks. They are already on the right path, offering a six-cylinder diesel engine and an eight-speed transmission, but even more technology will be needed to keep up with the lightweight competition.

[Source: Automotive News]

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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  • Bcl187 Bcl187 on Aug 22, 2014

    They will do it! That's what I love bout Ram....they do their own thing stay true to their roots and don't copy others! Unlike ford copying the Chrysler 200 rotary dial shifter on their new fusion...Ford I will never buy! I hope ford and Gm fail on this aluminum body. Cause ram rocks!!

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    • Little fish Little fish on Sep 23, 2014

      ford will fail with there aluminum bodies and am going to laugh my ass off when they do other makes tried to make aluminum body 10-15 yrs ago and it didn't work so why try now dodge #1

  • Earl Earl on Aug 23, 2014

    this will give them time to see how the accident repairs and insurance rates are affected by the cost of aluminum...