International Truck and Engine Corporation will be supplying Ford Motor Company with a new 6.4-liter Ford Power Stroke Diesel engine for the 2008 Ford F-Series Super Duty.
The 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 emissions, according to International.
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.
Diesel engines have become the power train of choice for heavy-duty pickup truck buyers because they provide more torque for maximum towing and hauling with improved fuel economy, according to International.
Industry-wide diesel heavy-duty pickup and chassis sales in the US from 1994 to 2006 grew at an average rate of 9% per year, according to R. L. Polk & Co. In 2006, 69% of these trucks sold were diesel powered.
International is also offering a new full power brake system on select medium duty truck models.
The new full power hydraulic brake system with anti-lock brakes is standard for International RXT, 3200, 4200 4×4 and 4000 Series 4×2 models (with the exception of the mid-cab tractor). This new feature provides International customers with optimized braking power and reduced stopping distances.
Previous brake options used pressure from the power steering system to boost the master cylinder pressure output. With International’s new standard feature, electric pumps are used to generate hydraulic pressure. Stored pressure in the accumulators allows the full power system to build pressure at the brake calipers significantly faster than the previous system, according to International. The faster response is claimed to improve stopping capability.
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