Ford Motor Company set to launch diesel truck

Ford Motor Company set to launch diesel truck

A USA lawsuit brought by North American customers alleges Ford rigged certain F Series Super Duty diesel utes to cheat emissions tests.

The 57-count complaint from six lead plaintiffs in five states claims that Ford's popular F-250 and F-350 Super Duty vehicles with 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engines have software that allows the trucks to cheat emissions tests.

The lawsuit involves F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks sold from 2011 and 2017. Diesel is more expensive than gasoline ($2.91 per gallon vs. $2.49, according to AAA on January 8, 2017), so the annual fuel costs for an F-150 using Ford's 2.7L EcoBoost V-6 gasoline engine should be about the same as the diesel.

Ford marketed the trucks as "the cleanest super diesel ever", while the lawyer behind the suit said they should have been called "Super Dirty".

The lawsuit alleges that Ford worked with supplier Robert Bosch GmbH to hide the affected trucks' inefficiencies for the sake of offering greater performance. Bosch is named as a defendant in the proposed class-action case.

2017 Ford F-250 XLT Super Duty
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Earlier this week, Ford announced that the 2018 Ford F-150 will be offered in a diesel engine. "The more you tow and the longer you haul, the more you'll appreciate its class-leading towing and payload capacity and how efficient it is at the pump". A common-rail fuel injection system precisely optimises performance and fuel-efficiency, while a high-pressure 29,000psi (2,000bar) fuel injection calibration enables smoother, quieter operation with reduced emissions.

Ives said Ford is confident that the engine will pass EPA emissions certifications, and will treat the diesel's exhaust with urea-based after-treatment from a 5.4-gallon tank located near the fuel tank.

"It is not plausible, given this "groundbreaking" testing, that Ford and Bosch did not know that emissions controls do not work when the vehicle is operating in normal stop-and-go conditions, running under heavier loads, and going up modest-to-steep grades", said Berman, who has represented drivers against VW, Fiat Chrysler and GM.

GM has denied allegations of wrongdoing in lawsuits against the company. "We will defend ourselves against these baseless claims".

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