NAVISTAR SUES FORD AGAIN OVER 4.4L DIESEL PROGRAM
We all know of the troubled relationship between Navistar International and Ford Motor Company...these two have been fighting long and hard since the 6.0L Power Stroke Diesels were launched and regularly replaced due to defects and faults. Both Ford and Navistar have been going back and forth to determine whose to blame and who will pay. Both have dug their feet in and are screaming "**** No!".
Well now, they are at it again...and this time over the new 4.4L Diesel that Ford is developing internally for the new 2009 F-150. Navistar claims that Ford is pulling an old Soviet trick and has copied Navistar's 4.4L Lion V8 program that has cost them over $11 Million to develop and has therefore taken Ford back to court. So have a read over the full article courtesy of my friends at Autoblog.com and let us know what you think, who you think is right and wrong, or if both just need to grow up.
So, where do you sit in this whole mess...let us know your thoughts, we love to read them!NAVISTAR SUING FORD...AGAIN
Posted Feb 29th 2008 by Chris Shunk
Ford and Navistar are once again going to court over the automaker's plans to develop a 4.4L diesel engine inhouse for the F-150. The original lawsuit was thrown out last June, with the judge ordering the two corporations to iron out their differences in mediation. Since no progress has been made outside the legal system, Navistar has refiled its claim. In the suit, Navistar is claiming the light-duty diesel engine violates the agreement once made between the two companies, which states that Navistar be Ford's primary supplier of oil burners. Navistar is also alleging that the 4.4L diesel that Ford's currently developing is in fact International's 4.4L Lion V8 project that cost Navistar $11 million to develop. It's hard to pinpoint how or why Navistar is so sure Ford is using the Lion project 4.4L, considering that the supplier has received no official specs of the engine from Ford.
We're not exactly Dr. Phil, but it appears that Navistar has a bone to pick with Ford. Considering the fact that Ford isn't using its long-time supplier to develop and produce its light-duty diesel engine, the Dearborn, MI automaker is none too pleased with Navistar, either. We think the judge should order Navistar's fugly new International Lonestar to take on a pair of F-450s in a concrete cage match – the winner gets the contract for the F-150 diesel engine.