Happy Earth Day folks! Here at Lithia Ford of Missoula, we know that eco-friendliness is on every car buyer's mind, which why today we'd like to highlight some things Ford is doing with its new 2016 F-150 at its Dearborn, Michigan plant to lower overall carbon emissions and produce a more efficient breed of truck.

When Ford set out to create its new 2016 F-150, it engineered it to be efficient from the ground up. This meant swapping out the tradition steel body for a lighter weight, yet still durable and stiff military-grade aluminum one. The savings on weight alone allowed the designers at Ford to engineer the F-150 to use less energy, reducing the vehicle's overall lifetime carbon footprint. In addition, due to the versatility of aluminum, Ford was able to recycle the metal in a closed loop, recasting metal shavings from its stamping process and feeding them back into production. This whole process saves over 20 million pounds of aluminum per month and cuts out 95 percent of the carbon emissions that would be created from forging new aluminum from ore.

All of this comes together to make the 2016 F-150 one of the lowest carbon footprint full-size trucks on the road today. Ford's closed-loop recycling system is just one more way that it's changing the way the auto industry thinks about engineering efficient vehicles. So if you'd like to get behind the wheel of the finished product of these processes, visit us at Lithia Ford of Missoula to test drive the 2016 F-150 today!

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