General Motors Corp., which has been preparing its Ft. Wayne, IN, facility to build composite pickup boxes since April (see Ward's Automotive Reports — Feb. 5, '99, p. 4), officially confirmed the materials innovation at last week's industry conference in Traverse City, MI. But while GM was bragging it will be first to offer composite boxes on a full-size pickup when it debuts as an option on the Silverado in fall 2000, arch rival Ford Motor Co. answered in a big way. It will be the first ...

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