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Ford expands production of 2014 F-150 EcoBoost engines

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Ford is investing $500 million to add 300 jobs and upgrade the Lima Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio, to expand production of the all-new 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost engine for the 2015 F-150. The 150 Series is the best-selling truck on the planet.

The new engine is a combination of lightweight design, power and fuel efficiency, including a standard truck-optimized Auto Start-Stop. The V6 EcoBoost delivers the performance of a mid-range V8 with the fuel efficiency of a V6.

This new EcoBoost engine builds on recording-breakingdemand for F-150 pickups equipped with V6 engines. Ford says 57 percent of new customers in 2014 have opted for either a 3.7-liter V6 or 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost to power their new F-150.

According to Ford, since 2010, retail registrations of light-duty pickups with V6 engines have grown more than 600 percent, with Ford F-150 directly responsible for 91 percent of this growth.

“Our truck customers have spoken, and we continue to meet their evolving needs by providing another V6 option in the all-new 2015 F-150,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas.

Ford’s investment in Lima follows an announcement in early March that the company will shift production of Ford F-650/F-750 medium-duty trucks from Mexico to Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, in the Cleveland area, early next year.

Read more articles by Green Car Examiner Evelyn Kanter on ecoXplorer.

Lima Engine Plant produces the 3.5-liter and 3.7-liter Duratec® V6 engines for multiple Ford vehicles including Edge and Explorer utilities, as well as the Lincoln MKX crossover, MKT utility and MKZ sedan. The $500 million investment will go to a new flexible engine assembly system and renovation of 700,000 square feet of the facility for machining and assembly functions.

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