While the debate over aluminum and steel will likely continue to rage on for years, Ford has begun to notice the pros associated with the material in a number of ways. Even General Motors is on track to use aluminum extensively in its next generation of pickups and SUVs.
The thought of aluminum not being able to protect properly in a collision seems to be overthrown with the latest findings by the IIHS. The Ford F-150 edged out the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra for the “Top Safety Pick” title, and is the only pickup truck to earn the honor, according to Ford Authority.
“From the moment our team set out to design and build the new F-150, we knew it had to be best-in-class,” said Ford Chief Technical Officer Raj Nair. “This Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick is another example of Ford’s commitment to building the toughest, smartest, most capable and safest F-150 ever.”
Chevrolet and GMC will continue to maximize safety, technology and fuel efficiency with its current genration of pickups before a new generation arrives towards the end of the decade. In the meantime, Ford has something going when it comes to safety.