December 19, 2006

Ford begins production of 2008 Super Duty pickup

Louisville, Kentucky – Ford has begun production of the new F-Series Super Duty, which will go on sale in early 2007, at its plant in Louisville, Kentucky. The line-up includes a new F-450 model, offering towing capability in excess of 10,886 kg (24,000 lbs), and maximum payload of more than 2721 kg (6,000 lbs).

The new Super Duty, which represents 40 per cent of Ford’s annual F-Series volume, features the cleanest and quietest Power Stroke diesel engine ever, a new exterior and interior design, and innovations such as the industry-first TailGate Step, which allows easy access to the pickup bed.

The Kentucky Truck Plant received a US$65 million investment for a new trim line to assemble the new truck’s interior. The trim line includes a doors-off process, which removes the doors after being painted, for easier installation of seats and instrument panels.

The Super Duty is available in Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab, with two bed lengths. The new 6.4-litre Power Stroke diesel delivers 350 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Its Clean Diesel Technology includes a high-pressure common-rail fuel system, Piezo-electric fuel injectors and an advanced diesel particulate filter system. The engine’s particulate output is reduced by more than 90 per cent, with emission numbers on par with gasoline engines.

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