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Is it the end of the super steely era? Ford is reportedly mulling over a decision to use aluminum panels in its F-150 pickup trucks, which have utilized steel panels since the vehicle's birth decades ago. The company has already moved toward technology that helps its vehicles save on gas, and this aluminum move is yet another, as it will cut 700 pounds out of the pickup. That's a lot less truck to move.
The Associated Press says the change will happen with the F-150s appearing on the market in July 2014. It's a big move, as the pickups are Ford's cash cow and the top-selling vehicle in the U.S. for 30 years. Not to mention Ford's a widespread and devoted customer base which could be resistant to any more big changes in the beloved vehicles.