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Ford Joins GM and DaimlerChrysler With Engines Certified by SAE Horsepower Standard

WARRENDALE, Pa., Aug. 1, 2006 -

Ford Motor Company now has two engines that have been tested and certified through SAE International's J1349 Certified Power Standard. One version of the 3.5 liter V-6 engine will be used in the 2007 Lincoln MKZ and the other version will be used in the 2007 Ford Edge and the 2007 Lincoln MKX.

Each of the three domestic OEM's – Ford, General Motors and DaimlerChrysler – now has engines certified through the program.

Engine certification is based on a series of self-certification tests conducted by the manufacturer that are witnessed and verified by an SAE-qualified observer. The procedure for certification is outlined in SAE's standard J2723; the actual horsepower testing procedure is described in J1349. Engine manufacturers are free to cite power and torque figures derived from testing conducted outside the scope of the SAE standards, but in those cases they may not claim those figures are "SAE J1349 Certified Power."

More than 30 engines have been certified under SAE J1349, including the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, the 2006 Dodge Viper, the 2006 Cadillac XLR-V, and the 2006 Pontiac G6. The full list of certified engines can be accessed by visiting www.sae.org/certifiedpower.

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