Ford's Hinrichs: We don't use 'defeat' devices

Ford leads trucks nearly 40 years

A top Ford executive said Thursday the automaker does not use the type of devices Volkswagen has admitted to using to cheat vehicle emissions tests.

"We don't use defeat devices and we clearly understand what it means from an integrity standpoint to make sure our vehicles perform on the road like they do in the lab," Ford President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs told CNBC's "Squawk Box."

The Environmental Protection Agency has accused Volkswagen of installing a device in its diesel vehicles to run maximum anti-pollution controls only when emissions tests were taking place. VW has admitted the deception and apologized, with its U.S. boss, Michael Horn, saying the company had "totally screwed up."

The incident has raised questions about the integrity of U.S. emissions testing. Currently, U.S. car manufacturers conduct standardized emissions tests in their own labs and report results to the EPA and other regulators.

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"The process works. Obviously the companies need to make sure they fulfill all the requirements that are out there and follow the testing to the T," Hinrichs said.

Ford has also suffered missteps when it comes to EPA ratings. The company identified errors in its fuel economy ratings for some 2013 and 2014 vehicles and reported the mistake to the EPA. Afterward, it offered to reimburse customers for the average fuel cost difference.

Hinrich said the testing process is complicated due the number of vehicles and configurations companies produce.

"We have to make sure we work with the government to make sure we can do all these tests," he said. "We'll work with the government to do that, and we obviously want our customers to know what they're getting with the label on the vehicle."

At the Texas State Fair on Thursday, Ford will unveil its 2017 F-250 Super Duty truck. Like Ford's revamp of the F-150, the vehicle incorporates an aluminum-alloy body, a first for the F-250.

The company has seen its U.S. market share for the truck segment dip recently, but remains the industry leader.

"This truck's going to help us keep that lead next year. We've been the leader for trucks for 38 straight years in the U.S. We're going to make it 39 this year," Hinrichs said.

—CNBC's Catherine Boyle contributed to this story.

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