Fords hybrid leadership
continues with the debut of Escape Hybrid taxis in New
DEARBORN, Mich. Nov. 9, 2005
Building on its promise to make innovation the compass
that sets the companys future direction, Ford today
unveiled a new engine, new 6-speed automatic transaxle
and more hybrid plans that bring fuel economy and
performance to the next generation of vehicles.
As Bill Ford has promised,
Ford plans to be first in delivering innovative products
to our customers products that are stylish in
design, safer for families, first in technology with new
fuels and better efficiency, and first in offering new
services to consumers, says Derrick Kuzak, Ford
group vice president, Product Development. That
commitment includes innovation in the powertrain lineup
that well be offering beginning next year.
New 3.5-Liter V-6
Ford next year will introduce two new breakthrough
crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) the Ford Edge
and Lincoln Aviator equipped with an all-new 3.5-liter
V-6 engine and new 6-speed transaxle. The new V-6 engine
will be a powertrain cornerstone for Ford Motor Company,
eventually powering one in every five Ford Motor Company
vehicles on the road by the end of the decade.
The new 3.5-liter V-6 was designed
to deliver the best combination of fuel economy,
refinement and performance for the customer and be
compact enough to fit into a variety of vehicles. The
height and width of the engine is the same as the smaller
displacement Duratec 30 V-6.
The engine produces 250 horsepower
and 240 pound-feet of torque in its CUV applications. It
uses a dual-overhead cam valvetrain for peak power
capability and smooth operation at high RPM. It
incorporates intake variable cam timing to optimize fuel
economy by adjusting valve timing for a smooth idle,
optimal part-load driving and an impressively broad
torque curve with good power.
In anticipation of future needs,
the new V-6 has been designed to accommodate advanced
technologies, including gasoline direct injection and
The engine will be built in the
fall of 2006 at Fords Lima (Ohio) Engine Plant.
6F 6-Speed Transaxle
Ford also underscored its leadership in fuel-saving
transmissions with the reveal of a new 6-speed for the
new Ford Edge and Lincoln Aviator. Ford is an industry
leader in 6-speed transmissions with 24 nameplates
already offered with the highly efficient technology.
Six-speed automatic transaxles
improve performance and fuel economy. It is estimated
that, for every 500,000 6-speeds rather than
traditional 4-speeds fitted to vehicles, 12
million gallons of fuel can be saved annually (based on
25 mpg combined fuel economy for 15,000 miles).
The enhanced performance and fuel
economy of the new 6F comes from a wide span of 6.04
between the transaxles lowest and highest gear
ratio. The high ratio span helps deliver improved fuel
economy of up to 7 percent and improved sustained
acceleration compared with a typical 4-speed automatic.
The new 6F will be fitted to the 3.5-liter
V-6 in the Ford Edge and Lincoln Aviator. The combination
delivers optimal fuel economy and powerful performance
combined with smooth, refined and quiet shifts.
The new Ford 6F will be built at
Fords Van Dyke (Mich.) Transmission Plant.
More News on Hybrids
Ford also took another step toward delivering on its
commitment of putting 250,000 hybrid vehicles a year on
the road by 2010 with the announcement that engineering
work already is under way on a third-generation hybrid
transaxle one developed using Fords in-house
Engineered in Dearborn, the new
hybrid transaxle will be capable of handling both 4-cylinder
and 6-cylinder engines for future vehicles.
In addition, Ford announced that
the Ford Escape Hybrid would debut this week as the first
hybrid taxi carrying passengers throughout the five
boroughs of New York City. Ford, the New York City Taxi
& Limousine Commission and the Coalition for Smart
Transportation will mark the milestone on Thursday.