International Truck and Engine Corp., a unit of Navistar, said Wednesday it will supply Ford Motor with a new 6.4-liter Ford Power Stroke Diesel engine for the 2008 Ford F-Series Super Duty.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
International recently invested more than $100 million in new machinery and other equipment at its manufacturing facilities in Indianapolis and Huntsville, Ala., to manufacture the new Power Stroke diesel.
The new 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.
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 with improved fuel economy. Industry-wide diesel heavy-duty pickup and chassis sales from 1994 to 2006 grew at an average rate of nine percent per year, according to R. L. Polk & Co.
In 2006, 69 percent of these trucks sold were diesel powered.