- 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
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
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
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
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
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.