Ford Ready to Start 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 Diesel Production


Ford is ready to start production at the facility where the new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine for the 2011 F-Series Super Duty pickups will be manufactured. The ceremony was held at Ford’s Engine Plant II in Chihuahua, Mexico. Mexican president Felipe Calderon Hinojosa and Jim Farley, Ford’s group vice president of global marketing and Canada, Mexico and South America operations were on hand.

“We are proud and honored to add the production of Power Stroke diesel V-8 turbo-charged to our production line,” said Enrique Araiza, Manager of Engine Plant II in Chihuahua. “For a long time in the truck segment, we’ve been leaders in sales in markets like the U.S. and Mexico. This has given us the experience and knowledge of the needs of our customers. For these reasons, we can ensure that today we are launching the most advanced engine in the industry for these trucks.”

The 6.7-liter PSD V-8 is Ford’s first in-house designed and built diesel engine for its F-Series trucks. It uses a new architecture that reverses the air flow when compared to a conventional diesel engine, with the exhaust exiting directly into the engine’s turbo that sits in the engine's valley, mounted between V-style cylinder banks.

The 6.7-liter V-8 isn’t the only diesel engine that Ford will produce at Engine Plant II. A light-duty 4.4-liter V-8 diesel that was going to be available for the Ford F-150 but has since been shelved will be built there starting next summer for export to Europe for use in Land Rover’s SUVs.

Annual production capacity at Engine Plant II is expected to be about 200,000 engines.

[Source: Ford Motor Company, H/T to Willy for the Tip!]


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