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GM To Follow Ford With Aluminum Body Pickups By 2018

There are 7 comments on the AutoSpies story from Feb 20, 2014, titled GM To Follow Ford With Aluminum Body Pickups By 2018. In it, AutoSpies reports that:

GM recently locked-in supply contracts with Alcoa Inc. and Novelis Inc. and both suppliers are now working to increase their aluminum sheet production to supply the next-generation GM pickup, according to the Journal .

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Since: Apr 07

ridgefarm Il

#1 Feb 20, 2014
Do something original maybe. How about come out with a unibody half ton pickup with a 2.0 litre diesel engine for real good gas mileage? Or maybe what about a compact pickup with a turbo 1.6 litre diesel?
Truckin

Honeoye, NY

#3 Feb 20, 2014
GM is far from developing an aluminum pickup truck. Merely locking in a supply contract is media hype. Ford, led by a former Boeing executive, took the leap into aluminum trucks. While GM is busy trying to figure it out, they'll continue to market their old V-block OHV engines while Ford develops the next disruptive technology for the market. Look out.
Root

Shreveport, LA

#4 Feb 20, 2014
Gm screwed up the Silverado. Done deal, cpa.. just call it the Doltarado.

Since: Apr 07

ridgefarm Il

#5 Feb 21, 2014
And the Ram Ecodiesel is selling like hotcakes. 8000 customer orders in 3 days. This will force Ford and GM to follow suit, hopefully, with a smaller diesel than the 3.0 litre in the Ram.

Since: Apr 07

ridgefarm Il

#6 Feb 21, 2014
Devilsadvocate wrote:
Good to see the voice of reason back on line Tom.
The switch to Aluminium body panels is a two sided issue.
Lighter weight equates to a better power to weight ratio, hence better fuel economy.
Aluminium panels will be more expensive for both material and forming, plus far more difficult to repair--body repair shops are going to have a more diificult time fixing fender benders.
But I certainly agree with youabout diesel power--but as I said don't make 'em too small otherwise pickups will lose their practical advantage over cars.
I doubt you'll see even small trucks lose their advantage. Even a small truck can carry a fridge or a washing machine. Do that in a car.

Since: Apr 07

ridgefarm Il

#8 Feb 21, 2014
Devilsadvocate wrote:
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Little trucks can carry some lighter items, but in most cases I've found them to be quite limited.
Some years ago,(mid 80s) I bought a GMC S15 extended cab pickup. It looked good, comfortable for two people, had a peppy little V6 engine, yet when I used it one time to haul about 12 Rolls of sod, the thing bottomed out. No carrying capacity at all.
Needless to say, it was the only small pickup I've ever owned. Didn't keep that one long!
Yeah their carrying capacity is limited, but most people don't need a lot. Sounds to me like you're better off with a half ton.

Since: Apr 07

ridgefarm Il

#11 Feb 24, 2014
Devilsadvocate wrote:
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Considering what my needs are, that's why I always buy the full sized version.
But you're right, for someone whose needs aren't so demanding, the smaller version works fine.
Be sure the check out the new Ram Ecoboost with the 3.0 diesel. It reportedly gets 28 mpg highway.

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