September 9, 2002
Ford unveils new 2004 F-650 and F-750 medium duty trucks
Dallas, Texas – Ford Motor Company took the covers off its 2004 F-650 and F-750 Super Duty trucks Friday – giving the world its first glimpse of these new players in the medium duty truck market.
“Ford is reinventing, expanding and updating its entire commercial truck lineup – and a big part of that is the 2004 F-650 and F-750,” said Dave Tarrant, chief nameplate engineer, Medium Truck and Joint-Venture Products. “These new trucks are the latest offerings in Ford’s product-led transformation.”
Typical uses for trucks in this category include dump, utility, van and stake bodies for construction, urban-suburban delivery, and service applications.
Three diesel engine families are available with a wide variety of horsepower choices. Customers also can choose between ten manual and seven automatic transmissions.
The base engine will be an all-new direct injection, 32-valve, 6.0-liter Power Stroke diesel with four power ranges, generating up to 230 horsepower and 620 foot-pounds of torque.
Other engine offerings include a 3126 Caterpillar 7.2-liter diesel with up to 300 horsepower and 860 foot-pounds of torque, and a 5.9-liter Cummins ISB diesel engine (available late spring 2003) with up to 260 horsepower and 660 foot-pounds of torque.
There is a choice of three cab configurations: Regular Cab, four-door SuperCab, and four-door Crew Cab, each with a wider variety of seating choices than last year. There are 38 wheelbase choices – up from 11 last year — allowing the trucks to be easily upfitted across a wide spectrum of body types.
Customers also can choose from nine different frames, including one of the strongest rated frames in its class (120,000 psi and 3,580,000 RBM). An array of rear axles is offered including two-speed axles and single-speed axles with driver-controlled locking differentials. There are five multi-leaf and five air suspensions to choose from. Air suspension is offered on all models, with or without air brakes, and ten fuel tank combinations are available. Each of these design elements and others have been packaged to allow for the most fuel capacity and highest ground clearances for given applications – especially those requiring clear frame rails for skirted bodies.
In addition, Ford offers a low profile cab, ideal for height-restricted applications. Tractor versions also are available as a F-650 and F-750, in all cab configurations.
“We allow the customer the opportunity to tailor a truck to specific needs while providing good value at an attractive price, ” said ohn Fink, commercial truck marketing manager, Ford Division. “Ride, braking, steering, and handling have been enhanced over the previous model. ”
These new commercial vehicles are the first products from the Ford Motor Company and Navistar International Corporation joint venture – Blue Diamond Truck.
The 50-50 joint venture was formed in 2001 to build a variety of commercial trucks. Production of the 2004 model year vehicles begins in December, with the trucks arriving in dealerships early next year.
Additional information can be found on the company’s website at www.ford.com.