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FORD STRENGTHENS DIESEL LEADERSHIP POSITION

 DEARBORN, Mich., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Truck Operations has launched a two-step plan to maintain light truck diesel engine leadership.
 The first step is an indirect injection (IDI), turbocharged version of its 7.3-liter V-8 diesel.
 The second step is a state-of-the-art direct injection (DI) diesel engine in 1994, at which time technical and other pertinent information will be available.
 Production of IDI turbo diesel-powered trucks started Monday as an F-350 heavy-duty pickup truck rolled off the line at Ford's Kansas City (Mo.) Assembly Plant. Production of these trucks also will begin soon at the company's Ontario and Norfolk (Va.) Assembly Plants. Navistar will continue to be the Ford light truck diesel engine supplier.
 "The IDI turbocharged diesel provides an excellent alternative to the naturally aspirated Ford 7.3-liter diesel engine because it increases power, improves durability and upgrades reliability," said James E. Englehart, executive director, light truck engineering, Ford Truck Operations. "These advantages are especially important to commercial and personal-use buyers who expect their diesel-powered trucks to haul and tow heavy loads day in and day out -- and still last a long time.
 "With more than 16,000 orders already in hand, it's obvious that the turbocharged 7.3 diesel engine greatly strengthens our position in the light truck diesel market," Englehart said, adding that Ford spearheaded the move to diesel-powered light trucks in 1982 and has been the market leader ever since.
 Ford sold more than 80,000 diesel-equipped F-Series and Econoline vans in the 1992 model year and has sold more than 1 million of these trucks since introducing its Navistar 6.9-liter light truck diesel 11 years ago. Ford is the No. 1 producer of diesel-powered light trucks in North America.
 The IDI turbo diesel, a V-8 engine with an almost square bore and stroke of 4.11 x 4.17 inches, produces 190 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and 385 foot pounds of torque at 1,400 rpm. In comparison, the naturally aspirated 7.3-liter diesel generates 185 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and 360 foot pounds of torque at 1,400 rpm.
 "The major advantages of the IDI diesel are that driveability and performance are improved because the turbocharger increases operating engine pressures throughout the rpm range and maintains peak performance at altitudes," Englehart said.
 The new turbocharged diesel is available for F-250 heavy-duty pickups and all F-350 and F-Super Duty models. It is certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and in all of the other 49 states.
 The IDI turbocharged Ford diesel is the only diesel offered by the three major U.S. manufacturers that has positive intake and exhaust valve rotators to enhance even wear and positive valve seating. It's also the only one with replaceable hardened exhaust valve seat inserts, which protect against valve seat cracking. The inserts are a premium feature found generally on larger diesel engines. They are replaceable when the engine is overhauled.
 The Ford factory-installed diesel engine option incorporates a host of other improvements, including:
 -- Pistons with anodized crowns to minimize cracking and keystone top and second rings to minimize sticking.
 -- Larger diameter piston pins and accommodating connection to eliminate piston bore cracking.
 -- High-capacity oil cooler.
 -- High-strength steel exhaust valves to extend engine life.
 -- Crankshaft damper.
 -- Forged steel crankshaft.
 -- And, head gasket with upgraded fire ring.
 Turbo component upgrades include a wastegated turbocharger, air cleaner housing with restriction indicator, turbo inlet and outlet exhaust manifolds, turbo oil inlet and outlet tubing, Ford's E4OD transmission calibrated to the new engine, slotted front bumper for better engine cooling and an upgraded exhaust system.
 "All of the turbo components -- and the total engine -- are specifically designed for Ford light truck chassis," Englehart said. "This solidly entrenches Ford as the sales leader in the market as well as the diesel engine performance and quality leader."
 -0- 5/18/93
 /CONTACT: Jim Trainor, 313-594-1700, or Woody Haines, 313-845-2968, both of Ford/
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