December 10, 2002

All-New Power Stroke® Diesel By International Named ‘10 Best’ Engine

WARRENVILLE, Ill. (Dec. 10, 2002) – The all-new Power Stroke® Diesel engine, designed and manufactured by International Truck and Engine Corporation exclusively for Ford Motor Company, was named one of 2003’s “10 Best” engines by Ward’s AutoWorld, a premier automotive industry magazine.

The new Power Stroke Diesel engine is available on Ford F-250 through Ford F-550 Super Duty pickups and chassis cabs, as well as the Ford Excursion. Mated with a new TorqShift® 5-speed automatic transmission from Ford, the new 32-valve diesel engine produces best-in-class horsepower of 325 at 3,300 rpm and 560 foot-pounds of torque at 2,000 rpm.

“The new Power Stroke Diesel is a major step forward in diesel technology for our recreational and commercial truck customers,” said Dick Fotsch, president, Engine Group, International Truck and Engine Corporation. “Power Stroke Diesel is a proven engine brand for hauling heavy loads and towing boats, RVs and trailers, all while maximizing fuel economy and providing clean air solutions. We are extremely proud that International and Ford have won this prestigious award.”

“Ward’s 10 Best is the top award in the industry recognizing engines,” added Dave Szczupak, vice president, Powertrain Operations, Ford Motor Company. “To be the only diesel chosen by Ward’s, in a year with such tough competition, makes this award even more special.”

The award, given annually by Ward’s, is decided by a panel of jurors from the magazine who select the engines they consider to be the “10 Best” engines in the industry – based on test-drive evaluations.

“The new Power Stroke is a remarkable convergence of state-of-the-art turbo-diesel technology,” said Bill Visnic, senior technical editor, Ward’s AutoWorld, and editor of Ward’s Engine Update. “The fact that an engine designed for the medium-duty pickup segment can be a Ward’s 10 Best Engine winner – alongside some of the world’s most sophisticated and refined passenger-vehicle engines – speaks volumes about the intense engineering that’s gone into the all-new Power Stroke.”

Visnic added that Ward’s testers found it significant that the new Power Stroke® Diesel provides class-leading horsepower and torque figures despite a 1.3-liter displacement reduction compared to the previous-generation Power Stroke Diesel. He said the six editor-judges were particularly impressed that the new Power Stroke Diesel’s outstanding performance is achieved while simultaneously improving fuel economy and reducing NOx emissions.

Ford sells more Power Stroke Diesel engines than Dodge and GM combined. Two of out every three F-Series Super Duty trucks sold are equipped with a Power Stroke Diesel engine. Since August, Ford has received more than 50,000 orders for vehicles equipped with the new engine.

The new diesel engine is more powerful and cleaner than the well-respected original Power Stroke Diesel it replaces, achieving approximately 8 percent better fuel economy while satisfying more stringent emissions requirements. The new engine reduces emission of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) by over 20 percent, while providing customers reduced noise and vibration.

The new Power Stroke® Diesel is matched with the new TorqShift 5-speed automatic transmission that sets a new benchmark in responsiveness and confidence. TorqShift features a newly designed 5-speed gearbox and electronic control system to provide smoother shifts and higher low-gear ratios to help a loaded truck get off the mark smoothly. The transmission also features a “tow-haul” mode that automatically minimizes shifts and maximizes available torque to help increase a driver’s feeling of control.

The new Power Stroke Diesel is built at International Truck and Engine Corporation’s Indianapolis Engine Plant. The new TorqShift 5-speed automatic is produced at Ford’s Sharonville Transmission Plant, near Cincinnati. The F-Series Super Duty truck lineup is manufactured at Ford’s 4.6-million square foot Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, the largest truck plant in the world.

Ward’s Auto World, based in Southfield, Mich., is a monthly magazine published by PRIMEDIA Business Magazines & Media, Inc. Details of the Ward’s 10 Best Engines will be featured in the January issues of Ward’s AutoWorld and Ward’s Engine & Vehicle Technology Update and at

International Truck and Engine Corporation is the operating company of Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV). International Truck and Engine is a leading producer of mid-range diesel engines, medium trucks, heavy trucks, severe service vehicles, bus chassis and a provider of parts and service sold under the International® brand. The company also is a private label designer and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV markets. Additionally, through a joint venture with Ford Motor Company, the company will build medium commercial trucks and currently sells truck and diesel engine service parts. A subsidiary, IC Corporation, produces integrated school buses. International Truck and Engine has the broadest distribution network in the industry. Financing for customers and dealers is provided through a wholly owned subsidiary of Navistar. Additional information can be found on the company’s Web site at

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