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Ford unveils new diesel for big trucks

Posted Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009, 1:29 pm in Employee News

After years of battles over its Navistar International Corp.-provided diesel engines, Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday showed off a new diesel engine, code named Scorpion, that it has been quietly developing for the past two years for its popular Super Duty pickup trucks, the Detroit Free Press said.

Ford revealed the new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 engine, which weighs about 160 pounds less than the outgoing model, to journalists and analysts at a technical center in Dearborn, Mich., the paper said. The automaker said the new engine is just as durable as the outgoing model, but quieter, the Free Press said.

By developing its own engine, Ford officially ends its relationship with the Illinois-based Navistar for its Super Duty diesel engines that dates to 1979, the paper said. But analysts said that Ford’s decision to develop and build its own diesel engine for the Super Duty line of pickups will give the company greater control over the heart of its heavy-duty pickups and it will better position the company to respond to market demand, the story said. (Detroit Free Press)
 
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