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Developed by the powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine for super duty trucks, the all-new 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke unit promises 250ps, 440 lb-ft of torque, and an anticipated 5175kg of towing capacity.

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Dagenham Diesel Centre builds three-millionth low carbon engine

Ford’s three-millionth UK-built small-capacity diesel engine has rolled off the line at the carmaker’s state-of-the-art manufacturing centre at Dagenham.

Low-carbon diesel engines have been built at the Dagenham Diesel Centre plant for a variety of models across the Ford range, and for other manufacturers, since production started in May 2007.

On average more than 30,000 engines are produced every month, with total production of the small-capacity diesel engine for 2013 exceeding 365,000. The engine was launched with 1.4- and 1.6-liter capacities, and, in 2013, the 1.4-liter version was upgraded to a more fuel-efficient 1.5-liter that delivers lower emissions, and which is produced alongside the ultra-efficient 1.6-liter unit.

By September 2015, all Ford diesel engines will comply with the latest Euro-6 emission regulations, which reflect an 84% reduction in Nitrous Oxide (NOx) emissions from diesel cars since 2000.

Ford marked 30 years of the diesel-engined Ford Fiesta in May 2014 and all generations of the model, spanning three decades, have been powered by Dagenham-built engines. Last year, more than 76,000 Ford vehicles sold in the UK were fitted with Ford’s small-capacity diesel engine, accounting for around 20% of all Ford cars and commercial vehicles sold through 2013.

In a Ford Fiesta, the 1.5-liter engine emits 98g/km of carbon dioxide and returns a combined 3.697l/100km (76.4mpg). The 1.6-liter Ford Fiesta ECOnetic model with Auto-Start-Stop emits just 85g/km and can return a combined 3.3l/100km (85.6mpg). The 1.6-liter engine is available across the Ford range in Fiesta, B-MAX, Focus, C-Max, Grand C-Max, Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy models, in addition to the new Ford Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect.

The new Ford EcoSport is available with the 1.5-liter engine, as are the Ford Fiesta, and Ford B-MAX models.

“This milestone demonstrates the strong demand for clean, powerful, yet economical, small-capacity diesel engines,” says Martin Everitt, Dagenham Engine Plant manager. “This is set to grow further when we introduce the new Ford Focus and Ford Mondeo models, both of which will be available with this low-carbon diesel engine.”

18 September 2014


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