Aluminum revolution: Ford introduces a new F-150

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford has unveiled its new F-150 pickup -- and it's lost a lot of weight.

The body of the new F-150 is made almost entirely of aluminum. That shaves as much as 700 pounds off the 5,000-pound truck.

It's Ford's response to a desire by small business owners for a truck that is more fuel-efficient and nimble -- and to stricter government requirements on fuel economy.

Ford's F-series trucks have been the best-selling vehicles in the United States for the past 32 years. Last year, Ford sold an F-series every 41 seconds.

Dealers who have seen the new F-150 say they expect to run into some skepticism. But they say the change had to be made.

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168-w-33-(Rita Foley, AP correspondent, with Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor Company)--Ford sells an F-Series pickup truck every 41 seconds on average. But now, Ford is tinkering with its popular truck. AP correspondent Rita Foley reports. (13 Jan 2014)

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169-w-32-(Rita Foley, AP correspondent, with Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor Company)--For almost 70 years, Ford pickups have hauled grain, towed logs and plowed snow. But there's a radical change with the 2015 F-150. AP correspondent Rita Foley reports. (13 Jan 2014)

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158-a-08-(Alan Mulally (muh-LAH'-lee) chief executive, Ford Motor Company, in interview)-"reduce the C-O-2"-Ford Motor CEO Alan Mulally says the 2015 model of the F-150 pickup truck will be built mostly of aluminum, instead of steel. COURTESY: CBS "This Morning" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (13 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO MICO105: Ford unveils the new F-150 with a body built almost entirely out of aluminum. at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) (13 Jan 2014)

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