Ford Motor Co. is considering a switch from composite to aluminum on the next-generation Mustang, Ward’s has learned. The hood, deck lid and side scoops on the current Mustang – built at Ford’s assembly plant in Dearborn, MI – are made of sheet molded composite (SMC). But industry insiders expect that the new Mustang – due in 2004 – will be built by AutoAlliance Inc., which, a source says, lacks experience working with SMC. AutoAlliance – a joint venture between Ford ...

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