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This press release was released by Ford yesterday.



FORD SUPER DUTY TO LEAD DIESEL REVOLUTION WITH CLEANEST, QUIETEST POWER STROKE ENGINE EVER

-- 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.

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 21, 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.
 

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Is it strange that they don't mention hp/torque numbers?

I wish they would talk about offering clean diesel minivans and foci, like they do in Europe, or a clean diesel Expedition. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif
 

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No doubt more/real PR media blitz will be coming soon. 6mo. OTR (real world) reports will be interesting.

JJ..yeah, know what your thinking. Like I said, time will tell. No plans to change my current ride, so I'll be one of those reading what others are doing/saying about their new 6.4. You just know someone here is gonna say "hey, Im first to order one etc." /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif
 

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I'll enjoy seeing how well the new Fords do... not planning on buying one any time soon.

Maybe 2011 if they're still running the 6.4. Ford needs an engine with better longevity in production than the 6.0 has seen.
 

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I just wish someone would ask them during one of these press releases if it is the cleanest and quietest diesel because it will be broke down on the side of the road or will actually run cleaner.
 

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Is it strange that they don't mention hp/torque numbers?

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They say "for competetive reasons" but what they really mean is that they want the other guys to name their first, so Ford can publish numbers a tiny bit higher! They did that with the 6.0L release.

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I wonder if the same mentality is involved with diesel
expansion and the hyd. hybrid system? We'll have to wait
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I just wish someone would ask them during one of these press releases if it is the cleanest and quietest diesel because it will be broke down on the side of the road or will actually run cleaner.

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Based upon all the post on this site about how all of the 6.0L Fords are a POS and break down on a daily basis, I thought I would see hundreds if not thousands on the side of the HWY as I drove from Atlanta, GA to Livingston, MT last year. But you guys must have know I was on my way and hide them all, for I did not see one broke down in over a 4,000 mile trip. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif Are the authorities in the mid-west and rocky mountain states that good at getting junk off the side of the road or have some of you been telling little lies? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smokin.gif

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I'll enjoy seeing how well the new Fords do... not planning on buying one any time soon.

Maybe 2011 if they're still running the 6.4. Ford needs an engine with better longevity in production than the 6.0 has seen.

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2011 isn't that far away, especially considering you just bought an '06 Dodge Cummins. You planning on getting rid of your beast?

BTW, is it a dually? How do you like it?
 

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I just wish someone would ask them during one of these press releases if it is the cleanest and quietest diesel because it will be broke down on the side of the road or will actually run cleaner.

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Based upon all the post on this site about how all of the 6.0L Fords are a POS and break down on a daily basis, I thought I would see hundreds if not thousands on the side of the HWY as I drove from Atlanta, GA to Livingston, MT last year. But you guys must have know I was on my way and hide them all, for I did not see one broke down in over a 4,000 mile trip. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif Are the authorities in the mid-west and rocky mountain states that good at getting junk off the side of the road or have some of you been telling little lies? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smokin.gif

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+1. I just came back from a +7600 mile trip out west, most of it towing my Toy 4runner. I saw lots and lots of 6.0's on the road, but NOT ONE on the side of the road.

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i am just going by the numbers. For the most part all cars and trucks are reliable. They will usually get you down the road. My stroke only left me stranded once but that doesn't mean it ran great or didnt require lots of work and money to keep it limping along. The 6.0 had had lots of problems and I feel most of them are fords doing. I don't think International has had as many problems with their version.
 

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I just wish someone would ask them during one of these press releases if it is the cleanest and quietest diesel because it will be broke down on the side of the road or will actually run cleaner.

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Based upon all the post on this site about how all of the 6.0L Fords are a POS and break down on a daily basis, I thought I would see hundreds if not thousands on the side of the HWY as I drove from Atlanta, GA to Livingston, MT last year. But you guys must have know I was on my way and hide them all, for I did not see one broke down in over a 4,000 mile trip. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif Are the authorities in the mid-west and rocky mountain states that good at getting junk off the side of the road or have some of you been telling little lies? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smokin.gif

RoyC

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+1. I just came back from a +7600 mile trip out west, most of it towing my Toy 4runner. I saw lots and lots of 6.0's on the road, but NOT ONE on the side of the road.

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Did over 3500 miles in Or, NV, CA and AZ this last month and saw a TON of PSD's on the road...to include the grapevine and the deserts of NV and AZ...not one broken down...?
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what point are you guys trying to make just because you didnt see any on the side of the road they dont have trouble with them. I guess since you didnt see any yugos on the side of the road that means they are good too.
 

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what point are you guys trying to make just because you didnt see any on the side of the road they dont have trouble with them. I guess since you didnt see any yugos on the side of the road that means they are good too.

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The point they are trying to make is that alot of folks post on here saying they see tons of 6.0's on the side of the road and they are trying to point out that those stories are more than likely alot of made up B.S. We just finished up our trip cross country too and the only 6.0 on the side of the road was mine cause I had a trailer tire explode!
 

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In the fire service they buy lots and lots of ambulances, most of them have Ford van chassis and all the problems that have been put forward on this board such as diesel fuel dillution, other injector problems, and on and on, you can ask any city mechanic who works on a large fleet of these and he will sing the same song and likely has never even heard of this Internet board. When you start seeing that kind of breadth of problems where unrelated folks all say the same thing you have to believe there really is a problem. I have not really kept track of it all because I made up my mind a long time ago not to buy one of them. I bought a Duramax truck instead and we no longer use Ford vans anyway. But I have discovered that fleet mechanics far and wide hate these things.

All that being said, I am sure that the great majority of them are trouble free as is the case with any engine. Just that when the same old problems crop up in a significant number of them, word spreads.

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