Source: International Truck and Engine
WARRENVILLE , Ill. (October 2, 2002) -International Truck and Engine
Corporation produced its two millionth V-8 diesel engine at the company's
Indianapolis Engine Plant on August 18, 1.8 million of which are
Ford-branded Power Stroke Diesel engines for F-Series Super Duty pickups,
Econoline vans and Excursion SUVs. The International T 444E diesel used in
International-made medium-duty trucks and school buses rounds out the two
Just eight years after the current engine model production began in 1994,
the two millionth engine came off the line. The Indianapolis Engine Plant
celebrated its one millionth engine in 1999 - and what took five years to
accomplish has now been repeated in just over three years.
"The two millionth engine is really a great achievement, not only for the
Indianapolis Engine Plant, but for International and for the industry as a
whole," said Howard Miller, plant manager, Indianapolis Engine Plant. "This
milestone demonstrates the growing popularity of diesel engines in personal
use segments of the market, not just traditional commercial segments."
That, coupled with the fact the 98.9 percent of all Power Stroke Diesel
engines produced since 1994 are still on the road today, is testament to the
engine's true quality and popularity. Not only is the Power Stroke Diesel
powerful and durable enough for Ford customers to accommodate hauling needs
associated with their business applications, but the engine's fuel economy
and smooth ride make it just as popular for recreational towing and everyday
International midrange diesel engines have helped drive sales of the
company's medium duty trucks with 43.6 percent of the market share, as well
as 60 percent of the bus chassis market share.
"We also have to thank Ford and International truck customers because their
loyalty has driven sales of the Power Stroke Diesel and T444 E, helping make
the engines the most popular diesels on the road," said Dick Fotsch,
president, Engine Group, International Truck and Engine Corporation.
In 1998, the Indianapolis Engine Plant was honored as one of IndustryWeek
magazine's Top 10 North American manufacturing plants. The award recognized
the International facility for its outstanding use of leading-edge
strategies, which have made it the highest-volume single producer of
mid-range diesel engines in the industry.....
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