26 August 2006

International Truck and Engine Corporation announced that it will supply Ford Motor Company with a new 6.4-liter Ford Power Stroke® diesel engine for the 2008 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup.

The new Power Stroke diesel engine has a displacement of 6.4-liters, which is an increase 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 with piezo-electric injectors, said International.

To comply with the 2007 emission standards, the new engine is fitted with advanced emission control equipment, including a new diesel particulate filter. The filter features active regeneration via “advanced engine controls”, said Ford. The regeneration strategy is believed to rely on in-cylinder post-injection of fuel (as opposed to exhaust injection) to increase the exhaust gas temperature.

International invested more than $100 million in new machinery and other equipment at its manufacturing facilities in Indianapolis, IN and Huntsville, AL to manufacture the new Power Stroke diesel.

Industry-wide diesel heavy-duty pickup and chassis sales from 1994 to 2006 grew at an average rate of 9% per year, according to R.L. Polk & Co. In 2006, more than 500,000 vehicles were sold, 69% of which were diesel powered. Ford’s F-Series Super Duty trucks, powered by the Power Stroke diesel, are the most popular vehicles in their class, averaging 50% market share in the heavy-duty pickup truck segment during the past five years.

Source: Ford, International