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The Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan will honor Mazda next month for the automaker's research into combustion of catalysts in diesel particulate filters (DPFs). Mazda's goal, unsurprisingly, is to design future DPFs that burn up exhaust soot and other particulates better. Mazda's winning research looked at how a catalysts' oxygen exchange characteristics affect particle combustion, and the company has discovered ways to get the DPFs to clean the exhaust better. This is all lab work for n

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently awarded GEO2 Technologies a grant of $185,000 to broaden the engine range on which GEO2's diesel particulate filters (DPFs) can be installed. I won't even pretend to understand how the GEO's "patented, cross-linked microstructure" helps these DPFs remove "99 percent of pollutants from diesel exhaust while achieving high fuel economy, emissions control and enhanced engine performance," but all that sounds like a good thing. There are more details

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Retrofitting DPFs in your car is not an easy task to do (some would even say troublesome), but Ford reached a partnership with the Nederlandse Rijksdienst Wegverkeer (RDW) to officially approve the procedures. Starting January 1st, all diesel Fords sold in the Netherlands have a DPF installed as standard.

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Today's press release from Ford about the company's "New 6.4-liter Power Stroke® diesel" engine is not the first time we're hearing about the "Cleanest, Quietest Power Stroke Engine Ever." But, with Ford's Clean Diesel Technology, the engine now is more powerful and cleaner than ever before, something Ford is quite proud of. The company's Diesel Powertrain chief engineer, Rick Renwick, says that, "No diesel engine has ever delivered this much power and refinement with such clean emissions. W

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Ford is launching a renewed version of its legendary Ford Transit van (a name that been around for more than 40 years) that now includes Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) as an additional option for the smaller engines. In countries like the Netherlands or Germany, the government subsidizes the installation via retrofit or on the final prize. The new van also has standard ESP and a new 6-speed gearbox.

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