CLEVELAND (May 1, 2012) – Growing customer demand for cars and trucks powered by Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 3.7-liter V6 engines has led to the creation of a third shift of engine production to Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1.
“Our engine plant in Cleveland is the first and only facility in North America to produce EcoBoost engines, and we are tripling production capacity to meet customers’ growing needs for fuel-efficient engines,” said Mark Fields, president of The Americas, at an employee celebration at the plant today.
Introduced in 2009 on the Ford Taurus SHO and Lincoln MKS, EcoBoost technology combines direct injection and turbocharging.
Popular with customers, 180,000 Cleveland-built 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engines have been sold since 2009. In 2011, Ford sold a record 121,000 vehicles equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engines when F-150 began offering an EcoBoost option.
In first-quarter 2012, Ford sold more than 39,000 vehicles equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, representing more than a 285 percent increase from the first quarter of 2011.
Cleveland Engine’s 3.7-liter V6 serves as the base engine for two iconic Ford vehicles – Mustang and F-150 – and is a favorite among customers.
The 250 jobs being added in Cleveland for running the third shift primarily will be filled by employees transferring from Cleveland Engine Plant No. 2, which is scheduled to end production later this week.
Later this month, Ford will add one shift of F-150 production at its Kansas City Assembly Plant.