Ford Super Duty To Lead Diesel Revolution

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Ford Super Duty To Lead Diesel Revolution By Staff Report Published: August 22, 2006 All-new 2008 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup will go on sale in early 2007 with a new 6.4-liter Power Stroke® Diesel that is Ford’s cleanest and quietest diesel ever sold in America. • New ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel and advanced diesel particulate filter will provide particulate emissions levels that are equivalent to gasoline engines. • Ford to unveil the new Super Duty at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas on Sept. 28. BlueOvalNews.com Dearborn, Mich., Aug. 22, 2006 – Ford will usher in America’s clean diesel era when it introduces the all-new 2008 F-Series Super Duty pickup early next year. The truck’s 6.4-liter Power Stroke® engine will be Ford’s cleanest, quietest pickup diesel ever – with particulate emissions equivalent to a gasoline engine. “Ford has built its truck reputation on innovation in design, capability and durability,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas, who will unveil the new pickup at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas on Sept. 28. “Clean diesel power will bring even more capability to our new Super Duty pickup – along with a new level of quietness and refinement. It’s what you would expect from America’s truck leader for nearly 30 years, and it’s the sort of innovation you will see throughout our product lineup going forward.” The all new Power Stroke diesel engine will displace 6.4-liters, which is an increase in displacement from the current 6.0-liter V-8. It will be the first pickup engine in North America to use a high precision, high pressure, common-rail fuel injection system featuring piezo-electric injectors. These advanced injectors allow ultra precise timing of fuel injection for quietness and better emissions. The new 6.4-liter Power Stroke features advanced emissions equipment, including a new diesel particulate filter that scrubs black smoke from exhaust gases and periodically cleans itself via advanced engine controls. Pricing, fuel economy and engine specifications – including power and torque ratings – will be available closer to the vehicle going on sale in early 2007. Diesels: The Most Capable Trucks Diesel engines have become the powertrain of choice for heavy duty pickup truck buyers in the U.S. because they provide more torque for maximum towing and hauling. The diesel engine’s torque advantage comes, in part, because the fuel is ignited with compression – the piston’s compression stroke is so intense that the fuel combusts spontaneously. The process is far more efficient than igniting fuel with spark plugs, as in gasoline engines. Since 2001, annual diesel truck registrations have increased from about 400,000 vehicles in 2001 to more than 500,000 today, and Ford has long been the industry leader. Ford has sold 1.3 million diesel-powered F-Series pickups in the U.S. since 2001. On an annual basis, Ford sells more diesel-powered pickup trucks than Chevrolet and Dodge combined. Nearly three-quarters of all Ford Super Duty trucks are sold with the Power Stroke diesel. Ford is engineering in even higher levels of quality into the new Power Stroke engine, and will continue to offer the industry’s best warranty and roadside assistance package, which covers diesel engines for 5 years or 100,000 miles. America’s Diesel Revolution Begins Helping to fuel future growth in the U.S. are new low-sulfur fuels that make diesels cleaner to operate. As of October 2006, U.S. governmental regulations will require ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel to be available across the country. High sulfur content in diesel fuel tends to clog the most advanced diesel engine emissions controls, in much the same way that lead formerly used in gasoline damaged catalytic converters. The new fuel will contain 97 percent less sulfur than conventional diesel, with the sulfur reduced from 500 parts per million (ppm) to 15 ppm. The new fuel is compatible with the Ford Super Duty trucks that are already on the road, including models with the 6.0-liter and 7.3-liter Power Stroke diesel engines. Compared with the diesel engines of 10 years ago, today’s diesels have 80 percent lower particulate emissions, 70 percent lower nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and 15 percent improved fuel consumption, according to the Diesel Technology Forum. The U.S. EPA estimates that emissions of particulate matter will be further reduced by 250,000 tons per year, and emissions of NOx will be reduced by 4 million tons per year, when the entire U.S. diesel engine fleet has been fully turned over to clean diesel technology by 2030. Since diesel engines are able to extract more energy from a given quantity of fuel, they can also help reduce CO2 emissions through improved fuel economy. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that a 30 percent penetration of clean diesel technology in the U.S. passenger vehicle market by 2020 would reduce net crude oil imports by 350,000 barrels per day. Ford Committed to Clean Technologies Ford Motor Company is committed to introducing innovative technologies that improve fuel economy, reduce vehicle emissions and reduce the country’s reliance on imported oil. These include vehicles that can run on E-85 ethanol, including the flex-fuel F-150, and hybrids, such as the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner. In addition, Ford is a leader in hydrogen internal combustion engines, and will deliver more than 20 shuttle buses equipped with the engines to customers this year. Ford also is actively engaged in research on other bio-fuels and is deploying advanced engine and transmission technologies across its powertrain lineup.
 
I really hope this helps Ford. The latest bad news is that F150 sales are down and there is talk here in southeastern Virginia of closing the Norfolk F150 plant even earlier than its scheduled 2008 shutdown.
 
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This appears to be good news. I'm especially glad to hear the new engine will be quieter. That's my biggest beef with the current Powerstrokes. They REALLY need to deliver on the quality, though. The current diesel motor is hurting them bigtime.
 
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The Norfolk folks will be laid off for 3 weeks in September and the closing has been pushed up to 2007, but it's not clear according to management as to what part of 2007. My brother will be kicking rocks next month for 3 weeks. He's beginning to wonder if his 30 year retirement is in jeopardy (he's got 28.5 years now).
 
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What diesel revolution? Just one product isn't a revolution! Where's the 4.5(4.8) Powerstroke for the Explorer/F150/Van crowd? Where's the 2L-4L diesels for the rest of the vehicle lineup? Where's the hybrid option for the vehicles like the Fusion, Taurus, Focus, 500?????? The domestics haven't had a revolution in years! And, they wonder why there are plant closings, layoffs,.......
 
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Originally posted by unDummy: What diesel revolution? Just one product isn't a revolution! Where's the 4.5(4.8) Powerstroke for the Explorer/F150/Van crowd? Where's the 2L-4L diesels for the rest of the vehicle lineup? Where's the hybrid option for the vehicles like the Fusion, Taurus, Focus, 500?????? The domestics haven't had a revolution in years! And, they wonder why there are plant closings, layoffs,.......
If people would buy the products you speak of then they would make them. Just because two people in this country would buy them isn't enough. The trucks people will buy in diesel form, so Ford makes them.
 
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Originally posted by daschrier: Hopefully this will help more companies bring over there small diesel turbos...I'd love that for city commuting.
How exactly will "this" do that? Different rules apply for medium to heavy duty diesels, from mainstream(passenger) vehicles. That is the reason Mercedes, shortly, is going to be the only player in the diesel market, and only because they are injecting this adblue, or urea, into the exhaust to meet the stringent emissions. Unless other makers have stepped up, that I am not aware of. Chevys small passenger vehicle diesel will not be available until 2009 (in reality 2010-2012) according to their release.
 
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Originally posted by flacoman: It's called LEADERSHIP! Nobody needed hybrids until the Prius showed up! If you follow , you'll always be second best. my 2c Jorge
I guess that makes Toyota second best to Honda, since they had the insight well before the piuss. The actual displacement for the F-150 will be 4.4 when it gets the diesel. The unfortunate truth is that diesels will have a limited life in this country at current trends. 07 emissions are ridiculous, 2010 are down right stupid. I just hope I can still find diesel fuel for my 01 in a few years. Once again, comments like these prove Ford can do no right in the minds of the self-riotous and the media. With the current mindset of self-loathing arrogant buffoons badmouthing everything in this country it is no wonder the automakers sit where they do. I think I finally figured out why GM is the #1 private sector purchaser of Viagra--The unions are so babied they need help to get it up before they stick it to our auto manufactures. Save your piffy rebuttals... I'm too sick of this subject to give a ****.
 
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Well at the crux of it is the fact that most US car companies make more money from the finance and leasing divisons than the car side. It seems like the hardware is merely a means to an end. I've been a Ford guy (Mustangs, SVT Contour ,Taurus) but there's nothing that I really want to buy right now at their stores. Honda was first to market with hybrids (Insight) Toyota was the first to make one with the feel and form factor that people could identify as a car (Prius). Honda considers itself an engine company first and a car company second and sees cars as a way to sell more engines. The big 3 US companies just seem to see them as a way to get you to pay them for 24-60 months. Ford's done much right and not gotten credit for it, but right now they need a home run. The truck and SUV cash-cow is dry,and they need to do a lot of things right (and get credit for them!) my 2c Jorge
 
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Originally posted by CBDFrontier06: ......My brother will be kicking rocks next month for 3 weeks. He's beginning to wonder if his 30 year retirement is in jeopardy (he's got 28.5 years now).
He does not get a pension unless he makes 30?
 
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"What diesel revolution?" I agree. One sees more 3/4 ton and 1 ton diesels, but otherwise it seems pretty sparse. There are very few people that I know that would but a diesel, and the ones that do already have.
 
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Originally posted by MC5W20: If people would buy the products you speak of [Fusion, Taurus, Focus, 500 hybrids] then they would make them. Just because two people in this country would buy them isn't enough.
Funny, the Japanese are building them and those two Americans you speak of are buying 'em up in droves - 'nuff so that even Hyundai's plannin' on a piece o' the action in a couple of years. The last visionary ever associated with Ford since Henry died was Lee Iacoca who said, "Lead, follow, or get out of the way." - and, at that, he was working for Chrysler when he said it. Ford has a history of designing and building some truly innovative and remarkable vehicles. That history also includes dropping them or turning them into mayonaise-slathered white bread after a couple of years. [ September 01, 2006, 02:32 PM: Message edited by: Ray H ]
 
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Originally posted by MC5W20: If people would buy the products you speak of [Fusion, Taurus, Focus, 500 hybrids] then they would make them. Just because two people in this country would buy them isn't enough.
Funny, the Japanese are building them and those two Americans you speak of are buying 'em up in droves - 'nuff so that even Hyundai's plannin' on a piece o' the action in a couple of years. The last visionary ever associated with Ford since Henry died was Lee Iacoca who said, "Lead, follow, or get out of the way." - and, at that, he was working for Chrysler when he said it. Ford has a history of designing and building some truly innovative and remarkable vehicles. That history also includes dropping them or turning them into mayonaise-slathered white bread after a couple of years.

Name one japenese import that has a diesel engine that is currently being sold? Put up or shut up.
 
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Originally posted by KJA426: I'd still take a Dodge with a Cummins.
I agree. I have a powerchoke for 5-years nice truck but I would take the cummins.
 
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Every time Ford builds a new diesel they get closer to building one that works. If they can get customers to buy a Powerstroke, just think how happy these customers will be if one of these engines works. In the mean time we can let legislators keep the whole world of diesels out our hands because they know what's best for us. I'm glad that these legislators know more than everyone else in the world. Even Dodge and Cummins are too chicken to bring out a smaller pickup diesel that will get treated like a passenger car. The same is true of GM and their V8 diesel. No one wants to screw with the legislation game. Getting customers to learn how to take care of a diesel is a piece of cake in comparison to dealing with the tree huggers and pimps sniffing around for votes. I'd like to see a diesel in an Escape. Screw the Hybrid Escape and all those upscale gadgets, give me a diesel Escape with a standard transmission and I'll jump ship from Toyota. I don't need a rocket ship, I need a long range runner. Ford needs to go down one size below their current plans for a new engine.
 
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