Report: Ram Trucks Will Retain Steel Through 2020
Ford changed the pickup game with the announcement that the 2015 Ford F-150 would become aluminum-intensive, as opposed to steel-intensive. Aluminum is much lighter, which leads to an increase in fuel efficiency. GM will be following suit (because GM always seems to be one step behind Ford when it comes to pickups) when the brand likely increases the amount of aluminum used over the next few years. In fact, a recent report from Ducker Worldwide indicated that 18 percent of vehicles manufactured in North America will likely have all-aluminum bodies by 2025.
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Ram, however, has another idea—for the time being at least. According to a report out of Reuters, although the Ram 1500 pickups are due for a facelift in 2017, all Ram trucks will retain steel bodies, at least through 2020. That, of course, doesn’t mean they won’t have aluminum bodies by 2025, in time to make Ducker Worldwide sound a little less silly. (Although, how not silly can you sound when your company name is Ducker?) Still, this indicates that Ram is being more cautious about the move to aluminum.
This could prove beneficial to Ram, whose pickups are already known for being just as efficient as its rivals, as there are rumors of an aluminum shortage that could present a problem to Ford and GM over the next couple of years.
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Ram has not made an official statement regarding the issue; for now, we’re relying on the word of industry sources.