PARIS – Aluminum panels have a role to play in Ford Motor Co.'s future but only as a premium material. There is "no way" aluminum can displace steel as the basic material for body-in-white with the current business model, says Ford engineer Laurent Chappuis at the Aluform Congress held here. Ford F-150’s hood made of aluminum. While Ford makes more than a million aluminum parts annually, most notably as the hood material for the Ford F-150 pickup family, the economics don't ...

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