Ford Cleveland Engine Plant to Build EcoBoost Engines
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine is the first V-6 direct-injection twin-turbocharged engine produced in the US. The powerplant will make its debut in the 2010 Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKT, Ford Taurus SHO and Ford Flex this summer.
The EcoBoost engine delivers 355 horsepower and a responsive 350 lb.-ft of torque across a broad RPM range. The power unit is the first step towards the goal Ford set for itself to have more than 90 percent of its fleet in the US available with EcoBoost technology.
EcoBoost engines combine direct injection technology with direct injection technology and turbo-charging to improve fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. The engines can achieve up 20 percent better fuel and 15 percent lower CO2 emissions compared with larger displacement engines without sacrificing power.
“The launch of EcoBoost is the big milestone in Ford’s commitment to deliver affordable fuel-efficient cars and trucks to millions of customers. The EcoBoost V6 is going to achieve the fuel economy that our customers demand, while delivering even more of the performance that they want” said Barb Samardzich Global Powertrain Engineering vice president.
Ford invested $55 million for tooling and equipment upgrades at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 to build the EcoBoost engine. Approximately 250 employees will form the shift to build the engine. The plant will be staffed by employees from the existing three plants at the site.
“Our entire work force is thrilled to be building a high-technology engine that will give Ford a competitive edge,” Jan Allman, Ford’s Cleveland site manager said