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Ford unveils the new F-150 with a body built almost entirely of aluminum at the Auto Show in Detroit.

Aluminum F-150 debuts; Toyota rolls out sports car

Global automakers previewed their new cars and trucks for the media Monday at the North American International Auto Show.

The show opens to the public on Saturday.

Here are some highlights from Monday’s events.

•Ford’s radical step: Ford unveiled a new F-150 pickup truck that makes extensive use of aluminum to make the truck lighter and more fuel-efficient. The radical departure from traditional pickup design could shake up the pickup market. In a splashy presentation in the Joe Louis Arena, top executives including CEO Alan Mulally and Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields introduced the latest version of America’s best-selling vehicle for the last 32 years.

•Video-game car: Toyota’s FT-1 is straight out of a video game. The car was devised first in the Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo game environment. Now, video game players will get a chance to try out a virtual version of the new concept sports car.

•The 200 Redux: Chrysler’s 200 has been relatively successful, but mostly because the price is right for budget-minded drivers.

Now, a resurgent Chrysler is rolling out a revamped 200, this time with hopes of competing against the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion – not just on price, but on style, gas mileage, refinement and beauty.

•Chasing Mary Barra: The first woman to lead a major global automaker has a press corps following like no other executive. Mary Barra, who officially becomes General Motors’ CEO on Wednesday, was pursued by about 100 reporters and photographers after GM swept car and truck of the year awards.

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