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Ford to make trucks with aluminum panels

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Ford Motor Company is making a bold move involving America's best selling truck for the past 32 years.

The new F-150 will have aluminum body panels, dropping the weight of the pickup by 700 pounds.

Ford executives decided to make the move to help improve mileage to meet federal regulations and customers desire.

Ford Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields said the change will allow customers to haul more, accelerate faster, stop at a shorter distance and up the trucks fuel economy.

The only vehicles with all aluminum body panels in the United States cost at least $70,000, including the Audi A8. Ford's base model F-150 will cost about $25,000.

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