Why is there not a diesel powertrain option for passenger vehicles in the U.S.?
Ford does offer a diesel engine in the U.S. – it’s our new 6.7-liter Power Stroke available in the Super Duty pickup. For passenger cars, there are no immediate plans to offer diesel engines for several reasons. The diesel engine, with its high-pressure fuel injection system and precious-metals laden emissions, is considerably more expensive than gasoline engines. Diesel fuel is more expensive than gasoline in the U.S. We achieve two thirds of the fuel economy gains of a diesel engine with our EcoBoost technology for much less cost, which is the right thing to do in these tough economic times. Our EcoBoost engines incorporate many of the same traits and technologies found in today’s diesels, such as high compression pistons and turbocharging. That said, Ford is constantly listening to its customers, and if demand grows to the point where selling a diesel-powered passenger car in North America makes good business sense, we can have one in our line up. In the immediate future, however, we believe that our new generation of gasoline-electric hybrids, plug-ins and battery electric vehicles offer customers the Power of Choice to choose the fuel efficient powertrain that best suits their needs. Richard T., Ford Powertrain Communications Manager