Ford Press Release reviews future technology plans
In a press release Tuesday, Ford discussed some of the progress that has been made to date, as well as plans over the next few years.
New news: Ford will introduce the EcoBoost technology for the F-150 in 2009. It’s been said before that it was coming, but it wasn’t clear that it is going to be this fast.
Old news: Ford will offer dual-clutch transmissions. It’s known that one recipient will be the all-new Focus that is coming to us from Europe (by 2011 – note the BEV Focus below). And the weight reduction program, which is not yet going full speed but should drop a couple of hundred pounds from each product once it is. That will be very interesting to watch – and in the age of 4400 pound Taurus SHOs it is very much needed.
What wasn’t said: the plan is to add direct injection across the engine lineup. This has been discussed before, but that part of the story is probably being held back so as not to take away from the EcoBoost news. There are, after all, naturally aspirated engines which will need to improve: the Duratec V-6 family is one. Direct injection (and it’s next stage, central direct injection) is one of those rare technologies that offers it all: emissions, fuel economy, and performance.
Ford Press Release follows:
FORD MAKES PROGRESS ON SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY BY INCREASING FUEL ECONOMY, LOWERING EMISSIONS
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