Ford and Scammell win awards
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FORD and Scammell Motors are among the six prizewinners in this year's British Motor Industry category of the Design Council Awards, and Leyland Trucks received a commendation in the same category for its Roadrunner.
Ford's award was for its 2.5litre direct injection diesel engine, production of which began at Dagenham in January last year (CM, April 28, 1984).
Transits powered by the 2.5 Di have been on sale in mainland Europe since last April and some 20,000 have gone into service there.
The Design Council judging panel, chaired by Lotus Cars managing director Mike Kimberley, congratulated Ford on being the first manufacturer to put a small, high-speed, direct injection diesel engine into production.
Scammell's Design Council Award was for its tractionbiased suspension used on the 6x2, 20.32 Roadtrain (CM Road Test, October 27, 1984).
The judges were impressed with the simple but effective way in which the Scammell leaf spring suspension is designed to maintain weight on the drive axle when the vehicle is lightly laden but still control the transfer of weight to the second steer axle as weight increases.