Ford Drops $500 million in Ohio Plant to Ramp Up EcoBoost Production

By Jacob Brown | March 28, 2014
It was once thought that U.S. manufacturing was dead. Jobs were going left and right to Canada, Mexico, or even places far away like China. It was depressing to say the least. But Ford, being the purveyors of the American spirit that they are, have decided to dump $500 million into the formerly downtrodden Lima, Ohio, plant to add 300 new jobs for expanded EcoBoost engine production. The bulk of the engines that the Lima plant produces are for trucks, which makes the announcement that the 2.7-liter EcoBoost truck engine will be produced there all the more expected. Anticipated to be a mid-range model that will deliver fewer than 10,000 pounds of towing capacity while delivering highway fuel economy in the upper 20s, if not low 30s, the 2.7-liter Ecoboost V-6 is an all-new engine to the Ford F-150 lineup for 2015.
Says Ford Trucks head marketing manager Doug Scott in a statement: "There is a new truck buyer out there who doesn’t hold to the old notion that a truck must be powered by a V-8 engine," Scott said. "Just five years ago, you would have had a hard time making a case for V-6 truck engines. Not today. It’s all about fuel effectiveness. It’s the combination of city and highway mileage, horsepower, torque, towing capacity, payload and value. What is the most efficient package for the work I’m trying to do? That’s the key question." Through 2014 thus far, 57 percent of Ford F-150 sales have been EcoBoost models. That engine, a 3.5-liter V-6 with 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, will anchor the 2015 Ford F-150 lineup. The 2.7-liter V-6 will slot above the 5.0-liter V-8 but below the bigger V-6. Ford claims there haven't been so many six-cylinder pickup trucks sold new since 1967 or so. Ford has led the charge with turbocharging its engines, while Chrysler's new Ram EcoDiesel is helping its push into highly efficient trucking and GM is implementing direct fuel-injection and cylinder deactivation technology. Which is the best? Let us know in the comments section below. Source: Ford