September 21, 2006

Ford Clean Diesel Technology receives engineering innovation award

Dearborn, Michigan – A group of Ford scientists who developed technology to create new clean diesel engines are among the recipients of the Henry Ford Technology Award (HFTA) for 2006. Now in its 26th years, the HFTA recognizes exceptional technical contributions by employees.

The new technology will be used in the 2008 Super Duty F-Series pickup’s all-new 6.4-litre V8 diesel engine, which has particulate emissions similar to those of a gasoline engine.

Other HFTA winners included a collision warning and mitigation by braking technology on the new Volvo S80 and Ford S-Max sold in Europe; a paint process perfected by Mazda that reduces paint waste and environmental impact; and the aluminum spaceframe and superformed aluminum body-in-white for the Ford GT.

The company also named its 12th Ford Technical Fellow, the highest individual recognition an employee can receive at Ford Motor Company in the technical side of the business; the honour went to Dr. Davor Hrovat, an automotive control systems expert and past recipient of the HFTA. During his 25-year career, Davor authored more than 50 U.S. patents and worked on Advance Trac, hybrid electric vehicle drivability and fuel cell powertrain controls. He was recently inducted into the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions for engineers.

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