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DETROIT: Ford's big move to aluminum for the body of its flagship F-150 truck has helped it garner some additional material: The hardware that comes with the North American Truck of the Year Award.Ford took the top truck honor Monday alongside the Volkswagen Golf, which was named car of the year. The aluminum body allowed Ford to reduce the truck's weight by 700 pounds compared with last year's model.Ford's truck sales, which amount to 20 percent of its North American sales, slowed last year as the company retooled factories to make the new one. The F-150 beat out Ford's Lincoln MKC and Chevrolet Colorado for truck honors.It has received several other awards, including the Motor Trend Car of the Year.
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