Ford Begins Building Own Diesel Engine

Sep 10, 2009
Ford Motor Company has announced that it will build its own diesel engine to be installed in the next generation on the F-series Super Duty pickup truck, ending its relationship with Navistar International Corp.

The 6.7-liter turbocharged V-8 diesel will be manufactured at Ford’s Chihuahua engine plant in Mexico.  It is planned to be included with the 2011 model-year Super Duty.  The new engine promises better fuel efficiency while still delivering more torque and greater horsepower.  In addition to these major improvements, Ford claims that the new engine can last for 250,000 miles without any major problems.

“This all-new diesel engine has been so extensively tested both in the lab and in the real world that we’re confident we’re giving our customers the most reliable and productive powertrain available today,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president in charge of global product development for Ford.

Navistar International has been Ford’s exclusive supplier of diesel engines for the Super Duty line since 1979.  In 2003, the engine supplied by Navistar received a host of quality complaints, prompting Ford to sue them to recoup warranty costs.  Navistar then countersued Ford, blaming them for the issue.  A new engine was produced for 2007 forward that fixed the issues, but Ford announced last year that the relationship between the two companies would end after the 2010 model year.

Analyst Jim Hall of 2953 Analytics LLP in Birmingham said the move makes sense.

“If you buy an engine from outside, that money leaves the company,” he said. “Ford has gotten a lot of experience from its diesel joint-venture with PSA Peugeot Citroën in Europe. They should have the experience and capability to do it.”

The new engine will be ready to meet strict new emissions standards for diesels that take effect in 2011.