Next Ford F-150 Delayed; GM is Thrilled

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Good things come to those who wait.

Ford has big plans for its next-generation F-150 pickup; it's set to be a game-changer in terms of utilizing lightweight materials in a full-size pickup truck. Just a year or so after GM revealed its all-new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, the new Ford F-150 could likely turn out to be the formers' worst nightmare. Ford has already announced the new F-150's frame and body will be composed of new aluminum alloy that will significantly cut the truck's weight.

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However, sources have recently told The Truth About Cars that Ford has run into a hurdle in the pre-production process. The issue is with the aluminum body panels in that the material "did not meet internal forming requirements for the 'tooling tryout' phase of pre-production." Translation: the panels don't properly return to their normal shape after being hit with a dye. The F-150's launch will now be delayed by up to ten weeks, and the Memorial Day debut is now called off. Once the suppliers get the aluminum issue sorted, this new F-150 could very well be the truck GM should have built if it wants any chance of overtaking Ford in this hot-selling segment.

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