Ford Motor Co. says it will produce a variable displacement engine (VDE) in calendar 2005 as part of a promise to improve its sport/utility vehicle (SUV) fleet average fuel economy 25%. In addition to that powerplant, the automaker says it will use a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) on its small SUVs and launch production of a new family of 5- and 6-speed automatic transmissions for its bigger models between now and 2005. It also will employ variable valve timing on a number of ...

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