Ford Motor Co. has taken the wraps of its new I-4 engine with the production launch of '01 Ranger (see Ward's Automotive Reports — Nov. 6, '00, p.5). Joe Pratt, program manager for the I-4, downplays the delay in the program's ramp up. “Job One in Ranger was delayed about four months. But it had nothing to do with the engine,” he says, blaming “NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) concerns.” “But those have been resolved now,” Mr. Pratt says, and Ford's first I-4 powered Ranger rolled off ...

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