A third shift will start at Ford Motor Co.’s Cleveland engine plant on Monday to cope with the bigger demand for light vehicles that use its fuel-efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 3.7-liter V-6s. A ceremony was held at the plant where Mark Fields, president of the Americas, said that the production capacity is being expanded to meet the rising needs for fuel-efficient engines.
The engine plant in Cleveland is the first and only facility in North America to make EcoBoost engines. EcoBoost technology, a combination of Direct injection and turbocharging, was initially used in 2009 on the Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS. Ford said that around 180,000 Cleveland-built 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6s have been bought since 2009.
Ford sold 121,000 vehicles with 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6s in 2011. This is when an EcoBoost option was offered for the F-150 pickup. During the first quarter of 2012, Ford sold over 39,000 vehicles with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. This is more than 285% higher than the previous year. The addition of the third shift will mean that around 250 jobs will be preserved.
Ford said that as the Cleveland Engine Plant No. 2 is ending production this week, its employees will be transferred to the shift at the Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1. Ford said that this month, it hopes to add another shift of F-150 pickup production at its Kansas City assembly plant in Missouri.
Ford Motor Company is celebrating its best-selling American pickup with the new 2013 Ford F-150, which has been introduced to tomorrow’s professionals and leaders in agriculture.
2013 Ford F-150 takes on new front fascia designs and modern technologies like MyFord Touch with voice-activated driver controls and optional high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights.
Significant F-Series truck customers have always included farming families who are multitaskers. They need a Ford pickup to be part of family transport, earning a living, and durable reliability. Ford pickups play a major part in farming tradition, so the company is delighted to share the new F-150 with them.
The 2013 model has the best fuel economy and is a very able light-duty pickup available, and it still pushes ahead with updates to design and technologies. The F-150 also broadens the vast lineup with a new Limited luxury model and the innovative EcoBoost engine as an option, a strong 6.2-litre V8, electric-locking rear axle, and Hill Descent Control.
On the exterior, the Ford F-150 has strong new grilles with fresh designs integrated with the immediately identifiable F-Series signs emphasised on the XLT model introduced today.
The optional new HID projector headlights are the first to be offered in this segment, offering better visibility and driver assurance.