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Some older diesels will get retrofit DPF kits
Ford of Europe celebrates 25m engines milestone
and DPF will become available accross the range

Ford Duratorq TDCi 2.0L, 136 PS, DPF Engine

Ford Duratorq TDCi 2.0L, 136 PS, DPF Engine.

AutoPressNews, PR,
26 August 2005.

Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) systems will be made available across the heart of Ford of Europe vehicle portfolio, including retro-fit systems for the majority of diesel-powered Ford vehicles already in customer's hands.

New Ford Motorcraft retro-fit systems will be available to suit a wide range of older Ford models.

Ford already offers modern diesel particulate filter (DPF) systems on the new Ford Focusand Focus C-Max models.

A DPF is now standard equipment for Ford's Duratorq 1.6-litre 109 PS TDCi engine, and optional on the 2.0-litre 136 PS variant.

These systems rely on the use of a liquid additive to enable diesel particulates to oxidise at relatively low temperatures in the filter. Ford has increased production to satisfy the heavy demand for these DPF-equipped models, particularly in Germany.

Ford of Europe will also continue to develop advanced DPF systems for its next generation Duratorq TDCi engines with higher torque and power outputs exceeding 110 kW (150 PS).

The next Ford product to be equipped in production with a DPF system will be the Ford Mondeo.

Ford Diesel Particulate File (DPF).

Ford Diesel Particulate File (DPF).

Although all Ford Mondeo Duratorq TDCi powertrains meet the most stringent Euro Stage IV emissions standard without a DPF, the popular 85 kW (115 PS) and 96 kW (130 PS) versions of the 2.0-litre, Duratorq TDCi engine will be offered with an optional new 'coated' (C-DPF) system from early 2006. In this system, the internal surface of the filter itself is coated with a catalyst to enable oxidation of particulates in the filter. A liquid additive, therefore, is not required.

The Mondeo Duratorq TDCi with C-DPF will initially be offered in Germany plus the Scandanavian, Austrian, Swiss and French markets. Other markets will follow shortly afterwards, depending on demand which in turn is largely driven by local governmental tax incentives or penalty regulations.

With the Ford Mondeo offering this additive and maintenance-free C-DPF system, Ford will soon offer three different DPF systems across its diesel product range, each tailored to the demands of any type of diesel powertrain.

As well as equipping new vehicles with filter systems, Ford of Europe is working on a solution to provide older cars calibrated to the Euro Stage 3 and 4 emissions standards with retrofit DPF systems.

Ford will soon begin to market these kits as Ford Motorcraft Retro-Fit systems, a move which can support the residual value of used vehicles while providing them with potential tax benefits as national governments take action on diesel particulate filter regulations.

National tax incentives and regulations in individual markets for diesel particulate filter systems will determine the future of Ford's supply plans for this third filter system variation.

Unlike the closed ceramic filter body used in the volume production models, the Motorcraft Retro-Fit kit consists of a wrapped metal foil system with trap pockets to filter the flow of emission gasses.

Because the complex process of filter regeneration cannot be achieved through variations in the engine management system due to differences in injection strategies, for example, the Motorcraft Retro-Fit system relies on the filter's natural regenerative capabilities under higher load conditions.

The Ford Motorcraft Retro-Fit system has therefore been designed to be open, to allow the engine continuous and unrestricted operation even with a fully loaded filter. The overall efficiency of this filter system has been determined to be between 30 and 40 percent.

The Motorcraft Retro-Fit systems are being developed for the volume diesel models of all Ford vehicle lines. Ford intends to offer these aftermarket kits in any market where there is potentially significant demand. Full details of vehicle application, market availability and pricing will be issued prior to launch in relevant markets.

Celebration for blue and white collars.

It is worth mentioning that Ford's European engine production reached earlier this month a new milestone, with the building of the 25 millionth engine since it began production in Cologne 43 years ago. The milestone product, a 4.0-litre V6 engine with 205 PS, will be exported to North America.

Ford's engine plant in Cologne was inaugurated in 1962, producing V4 engines for the Ford Taunus and Ford Capri, followed by the 1.6-litre, 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre 16 valve engines for the Ford Escort and Ford Mondeo.

Production of the current V6 engines started in 1987. Since 1999, the Cologne engine plant has been the single source of V6 engines for the assembly plants in Louisville, Kentucky, Flat Rock, Michigan, and St. Paul, Minnesota, in the US, and for Port Elisabeth in South Africa and Valencia, Venezuela.

The engines go into a wide variety of vehicles, including the Ford Explorer, Ranger, Sport Trac, Mustang and Mercury Mountaineer. In addition, since 2004, the Cologne engine plant has delivered V6 aggregates to the Land Rover assembly plant in Solihull, UK, for use in the Land Rover Cologne .

Today, an international workforce of 1,516 employees from 57 different countries, produces 2,200 6-cylinder engines a day in three shifts with an annual capacity of roughly 680,000 units. This makes Ford's Cologne engine plant one of the biggest engine exporters in Europe. The average production time for each engine is 3.6 hours. In addition, the engines from Cologne can run on either gasoline or alcohol-based fuels such as ethanol.

Between 2000 and 2005, Ford has invested approximately 220 million Euro in its Cologne engine plant, predominantly for new machinery and flexible manufacturing facilities.

Besides Cologne, Ford of Europe also operates engine plants in Valencia, Spain, in Bridgend, and Dagenham in the UK, as well as Inonu in Turkey.

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