And Now a Full-Size Aluminum Truck War is Looming

Because Ford is now using aluminum for the F-150, GM will (one day) do the same with its own trucks.

Just over a week ago we reported that Ford, GM and even Toyota and Nissan are all likely preparing a diesel engine offering for their respective full-size truck lineup. For now, Ram remains the only brand that offers buyers the choice of an oil burner, but this likely won’t last for long. And now the battle for pickup truck supremacy continues as it’s now being reported that GM wants to kick things up several notches in the lightweight aluminum department.

Because Ford’s all-new F-150 utilizes extensive use of aluminum which cuts its weight by around 700 lbs, GM came to the quick conclusion that it can’t afford to miss out by doing the same to the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra twins. But here’s the problem: those trucks are brand-spanking new as well, and they’re not scheduled to be replaced until 2018. So that means Ford will have a big advantage for the next four years. Apparently, back in 2008 GM explored the idea of an aluminum full-size truck, but abandoned the idea due to high costs and its own bankruptcy issues. But the full-size truck trend is becoming very clear: turbocharged gasoline engines, diesels, and now aluminum.

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