Ford to Give Lima Engine Plant a Financial (Eco)Boost
There are several reasons why this investment should pay off.
-This year, 57 percent of F-150 buyers have opted for 6-cylinder power, from either the naturally aspirated 3.7-liter unit or the 3.5-liter EcoBoost.
-Retail V6 light-duty truck registrations have increased more than six-fold since 2010. Ford’s F-150 has enjoyed a 91 percent share of that action.
-In the past three years, the Blue Oval has moved more than 2 million EcoBoost-equipped vehicles into customer garages.
-Almost half a million F-150s have been sold with the 3.5L version of the fuel-saving power plant since 2011.
-About 20 percent (100,000) of the cars and trucks Ford sells every month around the world have an EcoBoost badge on them.
The new 2.7-liter mill will bring things such as a durable, lightweight compacted graphite iron/aluminum engine block and fuel-saving Auto Start-Stop tech that’s smart enough not to shut off the motor when the next-gen F-150 is towing or in four-wheel-drive to the EcoBoost portfolio. Its production will also mean 300 new jobs and the “renovation of 700,000 square feet … for machining and assembly functions” at the Lima Engine Plant.
When the 2015 Ford F-150 lands in dealerships late this year, it will be available with EcoBoost motors in 2.7- and 3.5-liter capacities, a fresh 3.5L regular V6 or a tweaked 5.0 V8.