• Feb 26, 2007

If it weren't for bad luck, Ford would have no luck at all. The single largest profit-source for Ford Motor Company would be the F-Series Pickup and the Power Sroke diesel Super Duty is a huge chunk of that revenue. Navistar International Engines has powered the Super Duty since 1979, which makes them a large component of Ford's success in the market. The good Karma between Ford and International started to go sour with the quality issues surrounding the 6.0L Power Stroke diesel in the last generation of Super Duty trucks. Relations got worse when Ford recently sued International, saying it was not complying with warranty cost-sharing agreements. Ford also contended that International unjustifiably raised prices on its engines. Now International has decided to stop supplying the all-new 6.4L engine that powers the 2008 Super Duty, claiming that Ford is not honoring the contract terms under which the engines are built.

Navistar has given no indication how long this impasse could last, but every second a Super Duty isn't being assembled by Ford workers is money down the drain. With the cash problems Ford already has, this could get ugly quick. We're guessing Ford doesn't have much choice but to kiss and make up with International in order to keep these too-important Power Stroke Super Duty trucks rolling off the assembly line.

[Source: Yahoo]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe International sees the power they have over Ford in this and Ford's dependence on them and might be intentionally twisting that knife a little bit?
      • 7 Years Ago
      post 23, do your homework buddy. what gargantuan gas hog are you talking about? Diesels get better mpgs...
      • 7 Years Ago
      How friggin' out of touch do you have to be to think Ford's hybrid technology is from Toyota? It's been discussed to death not just here but everywhere. It is a myth. Ford & Toyota traded patents for a couple of things, but Ford's system is developed by Ford.

      There's also the rumored hydraulic hybrid system used for heavy trucks, but I believe it has been abandoned.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was actualy surprised when (International) Navistar began making engines for non commercial vehicles. Their expertise was medium & heavy duty applications. Cummins & Cat had made engines for Ford but at Ford's own specifications. Pethaps Navistar will stray away from these type of engines again.
      • 7 Years Ago
      anthony-
      althought your comments about the edge were completely off topic i would like to respond to your charges against the edge. if you had actually read the article you would have seen that the highlander has the worst in test handling along with "rubber-band-like steering." and although it is overweight it still was in the top 2 for just about every acceleration test. also the highlander and sante fe are smaller than the edge giving it a disadvantage. i'm not saying its perfect, just that there are some things the MT liked about it.

      i'm done now. as for the engine problem this is the last thing ford needs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The fronts of those truck scare me!

      What a bloated mess Ford has created!

      Instead of using the technology to reduce our dependence on Opec, we squander it on bigger and faster bloated pieces of crap!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 6.4L is a diesel, and should do relatively well for economy given its size. Not good riddance to the gas hogs but hello, if all Ford can offer to their many would-be diesel buyers is the Triton V8 and V10 gasoline engines.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Gary, #29, said:

      "Instead of using the technology to reduce our dependence on Opec, we squander it on bigger and faster bloated pieces of crap!"

      Kinda like that bigger, heavier, thirstier, 381-horsepower 2007 Tundra ... right?

      Right?
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a good chance for someone new to enter this market? Nissan, Toyota.. they could really kick ford while they are down :)

      http://www.tundratalk.net
      2007 Toyota Tundra Forums
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford had a better idea.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe Ford will stop messing around with Navistar and start building there own CGI diesel.

      http://rovering.squarespace.com/journal/2006/1/26/ford-casting-first-cgi-parts-in-house.html
      • 7 Years Ago
      Im sorry but there is no reason why Ford should be getting Diesel engines from Navistar. They have had 26 years to make an inhouse one. Just because RAM does it (Cummings) doesn't mean Ford should. It costs roughly 100,000,000 max to desing an engine and manuafacture it. With revenues of 175 billion times 25 years, they should have had two diesels by now. A 4.0 liter and a 6.0 liter.
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