Fake News: Russian Sanctions will Affect Ford F-150

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Recent news suggests that issues with Russian aluminum producer will harm F-150 production. There’s just one little problem with that claim…

These days, you have to be extra careful with anything you read on the interwebs. Anybody with internet access (and that means everybody) can post anything they want. Whether it’s true or not. And oftentimes, this information can look awful real. For whatever reason, folks just tend to believe it, failing to use those critical thinking skills we learned back in school. But if there’s one thing we should be extra skeptical of, it’s any news involving the Ford F-150 coming from a country that lacks free press.

We’re talking about Russia, of course, a country currently facing sanctions from the good old U.S. of A. Obviously, these penalties are never a good thing. So you can’t blame Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, owner of Rusal, the world’s second-largest aluminum producer, for getting a little upset about them. But instead of making a rational argument, Deripaska instead told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti that such sanctions would hurt Ford F-150 production.

Ford F-150

“If Rusal doesn’t deliver this metal (aluminum) to America … then producing enough cars (F-150s) to meet market demands will be impossible, and this is a big loss.”

There’s just one big problem with that little argument, of course. And that’s the fact that Ford doesn’t get one single sheet of its aluminum from Rusal. Or any other foreign producer. “F-150 is only produced in the U.S.,” Ford spokesperson Christin Baker explained to Polygraph. “95 percent of the steel and 98 percent of the aluminum used in U.S. production is sourced in the U.S.”

With a simple search, anyone with internet can figure that one out. Ford sources its aluminum from U.S.-based Novelis, the world’s largest aluminum recycler and producer of flat-rolled aluminum products. So nice try, Russia! As the old saying goes, we may have been born at night, but we weren’t born last night!

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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