Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has started producing four-cylinder EcoBoost engines at the Cleveland Engine Plant. The new 2-liter and 2.3-liter EcoBoost engines will make its way into 2015 Ford Edge while the larger engine will be available in Ford Mustang, Explorer and Lincoln MKC.
The production of the new engines marks the fruition of the 2013 decision taken by the company to shift some of the engine production from Europe to the US. EcoBoost engines for North American vehicles will be produced at the plant after the shift from Valencia, Spain. The automaker claimed that there were about four million EcoBoost engines on the road and they were committed in offering customers, fuel-efficient and affordable engines. The new Ford Edge equipped with 2-liter EcoBoost engine will go on sale this year.
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“The hardworking team at Cleveland engine is proud to build two of the most technologically advanced engines,” said Bruce Hettle, Ford VP, North America Manufacturing.
After the decision, Ford invested more than $200 million in 2013 along with the addition of 450 engines to facilitate production in North America. The production plant continues to make 2 liter engines for Ford and supplies components to both the plants. There are about 1,600 employees in the Cleveland plant where 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines and 3.7-liter V6 EcoBoost engines for rear drive vehicles are already in production.
Ford expects that local production will boost the sales of crossovers like Edge and Explorer. The US government is happy with the move with US Senator Sherrod Brown stating that it was “promising: to see Ford is moving production back to America. He added that the automakers continued investment in Ohio showed the strength of the workers. The company did not mention if it planned to reduce the number of workers in the production plant in Europe.[ Via ]