On October 15th, 2014, Ford Motor Company celebrated the production of its three millionth small-capacity, low carbon diesel engine at Dagenham Diesel Assembly Plant, U.K.
The motor that marked the milestone was the 1.5-liter, TDCi engine — Ford’s most fuel-efficient and technologically-advanced diesel motor ever. The oil burner is part of a new family of Euro Stage VI-compliant Ford engines. It will first become available on some of Ford’s most popular passenger vehicles, starting with the refreshed 2015 Focus, followed by all-new Mondeo (not the Fusion), and new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX.
The pistons, pins and seals of the 1.5-liter CDTi are covered with a six-micron layer of diamond-like carbon coating that reduces friction, and improves economy and refinement. A revised Variable Nozzle Turbocharger helps increase airflow, while Nitrous Oxide emissions are reduced by a NOX trap in the exhaust after-treatment system.
The Dagenham plant accounts for more than half of Ford’s global diesel engine output. Besides the 1.5L CDTi unit, Dagenham also produces Ford’s 1.6-liter TDCi engine, which powers the Fiesta ECOnetic model with Auto-Start-Stop and emits just 85 g/km. The same 1.6-liter engine will be available in the all-new Ford Mondeo ECOnetic, delivering a class-leading 94 g/km CO2 emissions. The plant will soon commence production of the the new, high performance 2.0-liter TDCi unit that will make its debut in the Mondeo.