3 July 2001

Ford Motor Company said it has awarded Tupy Fundicoes, an iron foundry of Brazil, and SinterCast of Sweden, the production contract for the compacted graphite iron (CGI) cylinder block of its new V6 diesel engine. The state-of-the-art 2.7 liter V6 engine will be the first ever volume engine (more than 100,000 engines per year) produced with a compacted graphite iron cylinder block. The use of compacted graphite iron has helped Ford to improve the engine performance, size, weight and cost that could not simultaneously be met by traditional engine materials, such as aluminium or alloyed grey cast iron.

Scheduled for production start during 2003, the new V6 engine will become the range-topping powerplant in the combined Ford-PSA (Peugeot-Citroen Group) global diesel engine strategy. With target applications including Jaguar, PSA, Land Rover and Ford vehicles, high volumes will be achieved during the first full production year, 2004. The selection of Tupy, SinterCast and compacted graphite iron for this flagship program is particularly significant in the light of Ford’s stated ambition, together with PSA, to become the largest diesel engine manufacturer in the world.

Source: Ford Motor Company