Ford's decision to use aluminum body panels on the 2015 F-150 is coming back to haunt them as a report is indicating that problems with the lightweight material have pushed the launch back by approximately three months.

Ford's decision to use aluminum body panels on the 2015 F-150 is coming back to haunt them as a report is indicating that problems with the lightweight material have pushed the launch back by approximately three months.

According to The Truth About Cars, aluminum shipments from suppliers have failed to meet specifications so the company is having problems forming the material. The suppliers are now under pressure to fix the problems, as soon as possible, so Ford can prevent further delays and launch the model by the end of 2014.

Ford has remain relatively quiet about the 2015 F-150 but previous reports have indicated the switch to aluminum body panels could enable the truck to weigh 700 pounds (317 kg) less than its predecessor.

Update: Alcoa - one of the rumors aluminum suppliers - has released a statement saying "While details of future programs and timelines should come from automotive OEMs themselves – regardless of the platform — we can say that Alcoa does not have any issues with its automotive production lines. It is important to note that aluminum is the second most used material to build cars today. Automakers have successfully used Alcoa materials to produce aluminum-intensive vehicles since the mid 1990s."

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