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Ford truck sparks interest in aluminum vehicles

New Ford vehicles occupy the lot at Koons Ford dealership in Fairfax, Virginia, July 24, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
New Ford vehicles occupy the lot at Koons Ford dealership in Fairfax, Virginia, July 24, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

DETROIT (WKZO) -- Many automakers are now in a hurry to sign agreements with aluminum suppliers in the wake of Ford Motor Company's new aluminum bodied F-150 pickup truck.  A number of suppliers are reporting a large increase in the weight saving metal as automakers face tough federal standards for fuel economy in the coming years.

Industry officials say there is not enough aluminum available right now to meet the demands of auto industry because Ford has secured much of the supply.  However, aluminum manufacturers are increasing their capacity to meet the demand.

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