GM And Ford To Announce "PowerMax" Diesel Partnership (April Fools!)

GM And Ford To Announce PowerMax Diesel Partnership

In what’s described as a “win-win” partnership, General Motors and Ford are creating a new joint venture, called PowerMax Ltd., to produce GM’s revolutionary 4.5-liter V-8 diesel engine for use in vehicles from both manufacturers. Production of the 4.5-liter oil burner for GM’s light-duty pickups had been placed on “indefinite hold” last month unless GM could find the right partner to produce it.

The venture's structure will be similar to GM's ongoing cooperative production arrangement with Isuzu that builds 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 diesel engines for GM's heavy-duty pickups, under the jointly-owned DMAX Ltd. company.

“An 8 percent increase in Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards for 2011, lower national prices for diesel fuel and leveraging economies of scale make this the right time for GM and Ford to build this fuel-efficient, clean engine,” said PMAX Ltd. spokesperson April Fursten. “It will be called PowerMax, after Ford’s Power Stroke and GM’s Duramax diesel engines.”

Production of diesel engines for half-ton pickups was widely anticipated by work truck buyers before last year’s spike in fuel prices killed demand for the expensive powertrains. In addition to GM, Ford was also working on a light-duty 4.4-liter diesel for its F-150 pickup but shelved the program while it studied if there was redundancy with its upcoming 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline direct-injection twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine.

“We’re going to show Chrysler, Toyota and Nissan they only know how to make (girly) trucks,” said Fursten, echoing recent smack talk seen in commercials for GM and Ford trucks. “GM’s offer to license its 4.5-liter technology for use by both companies is exactly what was needed to allow us to move forward with half-ton buyers. What we each couldn’t do alone, we can do together. And each company will be free to put it in whatever products they think are right, making the partnership even more productive.”

Fursten said GM will be first to offer the 320-horsepower / 520 pounds-feet of torque PowerMax 4.5-liter diesel in its light-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups by the summer of 2010, since most of the testing is done. It will be followed in the fourth quarter of 2010 by the Ford F-150 and recently spied Lincoln Mark LT, which will be sold in Mexico only.

“We need something attractive in (the Lincoln truck),” said Fursten. But she also added that Ford has tentative plans to put the engine in the all-new Taurus full-size sedan in 2012 to differentiate it from gas-only and gas-electric hybrid competitors, like the Toyota Camry.

It's not just for trucks. Like GM had originally planned for the Cadillac CTS, the bulging hood on this recently spied 2012 Ford Taurus mule hides the new "PowerMax" 4.5-liter diesel V-8.

“Ford will call the PowerMax (engine) ‘CompressionBoost’ for the Taurus,” said Fursten. “It’s like EcoBoost, but so much better.”

There’s also another advantage: Cost. The 4.5-liter V-8’s breakthrough design eliminated the intake and exhaust manifolds and other related components, saving weight, reducing size and lowering costs by up to an estimated $600 per engine versus a conventional diesel.

“Spreading the engine between both companies should allow another $600 in savings, making it about as expensive as a regular V-8 before we add all the really expensive emissions equipment (like diesel emission fluid hardware) to the vehicles,” said Fursten.

The PowerMax will be built at Ford’s diesel engine factory in Chihuahua, Mexico, where the 4.4-liter was slated to be manufactured.

An official statement and more details about the partnership, including news about free lifetime urea refills for first year PowerMax buyers, is expected late Wednesday.

April Fools!


Happy April Fools to you too Mike! :-)

I call B.S. Happy April Fool's Day!

4.5 litre diesel in the Taurus? Pfff. And what panel would even be able to fit the moniker 'CompressionBoost'? April Fools.

Holy Cr@p My heart stopped for a minute there... ahh there it goes.

Hahahahaha.... April Fools, they almost got me on this lol ;-)

amazing april fools joke....ahh if it were only true

This is a joke.

A very good april joke because Ford as well as GM are both ready with their 4.4 and 4.5-litre diesels and some savings on developmentcost can´t be made. I could be nice with a debute of such an engine.

The spokesman's name is April Fursten. Or Fursten, April. Or First in April...Do the math.

see how long GM can hold on from bankruptcy...

The Detroit Free Press gave some legitimacy to your claim.

I generally have a very good sense of humor on life. But this joke is not funny. We have been jerked around by Ford, GM, Dodge, and even Toyota about light-duty diesels for several years! This joke hurts...

I knew it was too good to be true!!!! GM needs to produce this engine...

It appears April Fursten made some comments on last year about this time... except for Toyota.

@Aaron: Yeah, April had to find a new job because unfortunately the Scion pickup (based on the Tundra) didn't work out. :-)

I cant believe it!!! I must be the most gullible person in the world for falling for that, I was getting excited too! I might start scrolling to the bottom of the pages on Pickuptrucks now so that I can make sure another fast on isn't pulled on me!! :-D

@Jon: *Only* on April Fools Day.

wow bad for ford for one they have a real diesel engine..

I'm a hardcore Ford guy and I was not happy to hear that Ford was forming a partnership with GM on a diesel engine (imagine my relief when I saw "April Fools!") but the more I think about it it may not have been that bad of an least for a diesel. And it would help GM's balance sheet saving any additonal development costs. I think GM is ready to say bye bye though... Too much junk for too long from that company.. What a shame.

They forgot to tell us that Gm,ford,Chevy and mercedes are now together building a 3.2 l 5 cil for the chrysler sibring.

This is not a joke, this a tragedy or sabotage to the fuel efficiency and to the future of American Automotive further comments...Let GM sell it to India or China, they will know what to do with this state of the art engine...

Ford to smart for that move. Ford always bailing out Chevy and Dodge, but that what it is all about America Team and helping one another.... A good April fools!!!!

yes i heard GM cancelled this engine

Ford did too

and i think Toyota also did

Nissan will get the engine from Chrysler as the Tiatn and Ram share sheet metal


u cant call Chrysler "girly when its the only one making the diesel

and 4.4L V8 in the FORD?


a 4.5L V8 for GM

Chrysler has a 5.0L V8

beat that girlt trucks

dude how is ford a "girly" truck?? im a die hard ford guy, and i have a 7.3l power-stroke how is that girly?? its the manliest truck ever

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