Ford Ramps Up Production of Lower Displacement Diesels
25 May 2007
Ford has added a new line to its wind-powered Dagenham Diesel Centre in the UK—the company’s global center for diesel engineering and manufacturing—to produce the new 1.4- and 1.6-liter Duratorq TDCi turbodiesels developed with PSA.
This was the intended outcome of the diesel cooperation with PSA: joint development and launch production, then assembly split on high-volume units between the two companies’s engine plants. The £130 million (US$258 million) Ford investment in the new line is increasing the facility’s total annual output to 1,000,000 engines per year.
Production of the larger engine is now underway, with the 1.4-liter unit to be added in June. These diesels power the most fuel-efficient versions of the Ford Fiesta, the Ford Fusion, the Ford Focus and the Ford C-MAX. In a Ford Fiesta, Dagenham’s new 1.6-liter engine produces only 116 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
Within the wider Ford family, these engines are also used in Volvo and Mazda models.
This additional production capacity at Dagenham is needed to satisfy rising demand for the high technology diesel engines that are part of the ongoing cooperative agreement between Ford Motor Company and PSA Peugeot Citroën.
Total engine production output on the Ford Dagenham estate will rise to 1,000,000 units a year by 2009 with the addition of these engines. By then 1.4 and 1.6-liter production capacity will be 575,000. The balance will be accounted for by the estate’s existing 1.8-, 2.0-, 2.2- and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine ranges, plus the 2.7-liter V6 diesel engine for Jaguar, Land Rover and PSA Peugeot Citroën and the 3.6-liter V8 diesel engine produced for Land Rover.
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