Duratorq TDCi 2.0L, 136 PS, DPF Engine.
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
Motorcraft retro-fit systems will be available to suit a
wide range of older Ford
Ford already offers modern diesel
particulate filter (DPF) systems on the new Ford
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.
has increased production to satisfy the heavy demand for
these DPF-equipped models, particularly in Germany.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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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
Besides Cologne, Ford of Europe
also operates engine plants in Valencia, Spain, in
Bridgend, and Dagenham in the UK, as well as Inonu