Joe Hinrichs, Ford's President of The Americas (pictured above), announced today that in late 2014, the automaker will be building the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder at its Cleveland Engine Plant, a move requiring a $200-million investment and the hiring of 450 new employees. European-built Ford products will continue to source this engine from the Valencia, Spain plant where all of these EcoBoost four-cylinder engines are currently built, and the new Cleveland engines will be used for all North American-made models.

Ford is planning to build its popular EcoBoost engines regionally to maximize production capacity and meet customer demand. Last year, Ford sold 334,364 vehicles with EcoBoost engines in the US alone, and that number is expected to swell to more than 500,000 by the end of this year, with global sales expected to total 1.6 million. By 2015, Ford says that 95 percent of its nameplates will offer an EcoBoost engine.

One such vehicle that could be adding an EcoBoost engine, according to Automotive News, is none other than the 2015 Ford Mustang. The report says that Ford could use either the 2.0-liter EcoBoost or an upcoming 2.3-liter EcoBoost in the sixth-generation pony car.
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Ford Invests Millions in Cleveland Engine Plant, Supports Growing Customer Demand for EcoBoost­ Engines

-Ford plans to more than double its EcoBoost®-equipped vehicle sales globally this year

-Production of 2.0-liter EcoBoost for North America at Cleveland Engine Plant in Ohio to begin in late 2014

-Ford more than halfway to its goal to create more than 12,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. by 2015

-Production of 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines for North American vehicles moves from Valencia, Spain to Cleveland; Valencia will remain the exclusive production location for the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine for Ford of Europe-built vehicles; There is no impact on employment at the Valencia plant

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 21, 2013 – To meet rising consumer demand for the award-winning 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine, Ford Motor Company will invest nearly $200 million and add 450 new jobs at its Cleveland Engine Plant.

"This is our One Ford plan at its best – giving customers the power of choice to decide which fuel-efficient engine is best tailored to their needs," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. "Cleveland Engine Plant was the first to produce EcoBoost engines and will continue to be a cornerstone of Ford's strategy to deliver affordable fuel economy for millions."

The hiring builds on the creation of more than 8,100 salaried and hourly jobs in the U.S. last year, including 1,000 in-sourced hourly positions. Ford is more than halfway to its goal of creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. by 2015 to support new products and investment. Additionally, the company announced last month it plans to hire 2,200 salaried workers in the U.S. in 2013 to fill jobs in such key areas as Product Development, Manufacturing and IT.

Production of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost for North America is currently based in Valencia, Spain. The investment in Cleveland will shift North American production to Ohio, while Ford's Valencia Engine Plant will remain the exclusive production location of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost for Ford of Europe-built vehicles. Valencia will continue to produce and ship parts for these engines to North America.

Overall employment at the Valencia plant will not be impacted. The Valencia Engine Plant will transfer some employees to Valencia Assembly Plant to support increased production for C-MAX, Kuga, Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect.

Ford is making the move to assemble engines regionally to help meet rising consumer demand for the award-winning 2.0-liter EcoBoost and to optimize production capabilities around the world.

Production of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine will begin in North America in late 2014. Cleveland Engine Plant currently builds the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and 3.7-liter V6. The Ohio facility employs approximately 1,300 people. It has built more than 500,000 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines since 2009.

EcoBoost cornerstone
EcoBoost is the cornerstone of Ford's global engine strategy to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Ford will expand EcoBoost production to 1.6 million engines this year – nearly 100,000 above the previous target.

Delivering up to 20 percent better fuel economy than larger-displacement engines, EcoBoost uses smaller overall size combined with turbocharging, gasoline direct injection and variable valve timing to bring customers outstanding performance without sacrificing fuel economy.

This year EcoBoost will be available on more than 90 percent of North American nameplates and by 2015, 95 percent of Ford nameplates will be available with EcoBoost engine technology. In 2013 Ford expects to sell more than 500,000 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles in the U.S. – a sizeable increase over the 334,364 EcoBoost vehicles sold in 2012.

The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine to be built in Cleveland is currently available in the Ford Explorer, Edge, all-new Escape and all-new Fusion, Focus ST, Taurus and new Lincoln MKZ and MKT Livery. The engine has won a coveted Ward's 10 Best Engines trophy each year it has been available in North America.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 171,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.


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      kdmariens
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm glad my last new car purchase was a Ford, it is a great vechicle and the UAW sticker made in USA is still on the windshield, where it will be as long as I own it. I pay for it with Union wages IUE-CWA
      King James
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great news, but it's only a start
      eb50tj
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's hope it is better than the FoMoCo head gasket tossing 6.0 6.3, and of course the 4.6 and 5.4's with their spark plug issues.... head problems With all the "engineering" That was the best they could come up with... At least the Mazda based engines hold up, even if they really don't make enough power to break anything.
      summerctz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, well, they're doing this without Obama's handout. How about that?
        Dr. Claw
        • 1 Year Ago
        @summerctz
        "Handout" actually started with Bush, but carry on with the partisan nonsense.
      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they have good fire insurance in Cleveland.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        Uh, Ford DID take money from Uncle Sam (as did the North American operations of BMW and Toyota, if memory serves) in the form of tax loans (ie 'under the table').
          Mr.Krinkle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          Does anyone here understand the differences between a bailout and a loan? Doesn't really seem like it...
          Len_A
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          Just remember, carguy1701, the Energy Department loans you're referring you were also loaned to Nissan.
          whofan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          @ Mr. Krinkle No is your answer. The 1980 government backed loans for Chrysler are called a bailout. Chrysler paid the government back in full early and I think the government made some money on the deal.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          I don't think Laser does.
        morning_glory1
        • 1 Year Ago
        How is it that people like you keep trying to rewrite history. Ford was lucky with a capital L. They managed to secure a huge line of credit just before the money markets went south with the credit crunch. You may remember the credit crunch ...thats where NOBODY was lending money ... the banks weren't even lending to each other. If Ford hadn't beat that window which no one saw then they would be hat in hand like the others. It's not to say Ford hasn't done well but people like you should keep trying to rewrite the history books. It just didn't happen that way. GM has introduced many small front drive products just as Ford has .... How about the Cruze and Sonic to start with. You know the Sonic .... the only B-class built in America and not not Mexico or China like Ford does. How about the 1.4 liter turbo charged motors that they use. How about the fact that GM products simply last longer than Ford as show in the recent data on vehicle aging. Even GM trucks have a lower 5 year cost of ownership. People like you sure have tunnel vision and need to get out more often.
          whofan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @morning_glory1
          100% correct. So many people comment on the auto bailouts with out knowing the history behind it. Ford had a stroke of luck. Ford went to Washington in support of the bailout in case they needed it too, also in support of GM and Chrysler getting loans. If GM of Crysler failed the rest of the industry would have spiraled down with them. Even Toyoda supported the bailouts. It saved everone`s bacon. What do people know about what drives the economy and prosperity of the country?
          morning_glory1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @morning_glory1
          Yes A P, I'm sure that MULALLY knew that there was going to be a lending problem. It was on his Oiji board I'm sure. I'm not knocking Fords success (actually happy for them) I'm just tired of people trying to change History or deny other realities like GM doesn't have small car and motor introduction. Yes they have V8's still as does Ford. And MULALLY was one of the first to admit that the bailout was a good thing and probably saved the auto industry in North America. And I've owned just as many Fords as I have GM products so I'm no GM homer, just one that hates the truth being distorted.
          to your email L
          • 1 Year Ago
          @morning_glory1
          What I fail to under stand tho is GM and Fords best platforms are from Australia (aka ones with all independent suspension) and yet we barely get them in the US from GM and don't even get the aussie Falcon platform from Ford, what is it with them they don't wanna give the US product that's too good, we just get the mediocre stuff. And we only get it from Chrysler because they used to be part of Daimler Benz.
        wrestleprocbt
        • 1 Year Ago
        Laser, add to that the Union thugs at GM that were taken care of under the bailout/ handout by this administration to buy it's votes that left vendors, suppliers and stockholders with nothing. Some suppliers to GM shut down due to non payment. Stockholders were left with nothing, many elderly who counted on their stock to carry them through their last years were left with nothing and the unions basically slapped them in the face saying they are more important and deserve everything they demand. Also add that Cadi is coming out with a great new electric car....Geee I hope we the taxpayers can subsidize that too!
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        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        Mustangs are prevalent through private importers in Europe and there are aftermarket manufacturers which make SCA type approval much easier to import them. No V8 will sell in great quantities, but its easy to get a Mustang V8 in Europe as it is. You make it sound like a forbidden fruit. You weren't aware of the Mustang's previous two attempts at European sale from what I recall, either.
          John
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          TL;DR
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          [blocked]
          to your email L
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          I did see a 69 one in Barcelona. So did Ford lose that 3.9 V8 that was used in the T-bird and Lincoln LS8 when they sold off Jaguar? Seems like that woulda been one they shoulda kept or was it because that's indirectly descended from GM's 3.5L Buick V8.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "but could not ever live with either in RHD UK, you can walk into a Chevy UK dealer ..." Are you for real? Mainstream insurers in the UK will not insure left-hookers. You have to use a specialist insurer such as Adrian Flux in Kings Lynn. And owing to the large company car market, LHD vehicles are almost impossible to lease because of the liability issue. In short, offering a LHD vehicle officially in Britain will afford you only tokenistic sales at best.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Reggie, it appears your sources, as well as your age, are letting you down. The Mustang II was sold in RHD in the UK between 1976 and 1977, and the Mustang III in 1981-82, the latter being homologated to full European specification. Coupes have never been huge sellers in the UK since the hot hatch market became more prevalent in the late 1970s, but the Puma was hardly a flop. It was highly praised and sold in decent numbers.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          And Reggie, I don't believe for an instant that you're old enough to have anything parked on a driveway, irrespective of your whereabouts.
      Alfonso T. Alvarez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ecoboost is a marketing name - it has nothing, nothing to do with the engines that are labeled thusly!! Do you really, really think that the various engines that are labeled like this, multiple four cylinders, multiple six cylinders, etc are all of the same engine architecture? Answer - no, not even close!
        Jason Alan Sipes
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alfonso T. Alvarez
        Of course not, it's a marketing scheme for their turbocharged motors. A marketing scheme that is working pretty damn well for them I might add. Do you think every Chevrolet product that uses the moniker SS is somehow related in a unified way of engineering? No of course not.
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alfonso T. Alvarez
        What a moron you are.....EB just means it is turbocharged with direct injection. Some have two turbos some one.....just another morons lame attempt to make Ford seem evil.
        KG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alfonso T. Alvarez
        Ford is trying to make downsized turbocharged engines palatable for people that don't want to give up performance. Ecoboost is a smart way of communicating to people they can have their cake and eat it too.
          Len_A
          • 1 Year Ago
          @KG
          Well said, KG.
          Ok
          • 1 Year Ago
          @KG
          Though, recently some have questioned whether that entirely reasonable sounding idea, that a smaller turbo engine will be more fuel efficient than a larger non-turbo of the same power, is actually true. The Fusion 2.0.L EcoBoost compared to the slightly more powerful Accord V6 for example.
        talari
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alfonso T. Alvarez
        Right dummy. All sales and marketing people are trying to sell something..... Remember?? Make a living. Sometimes ya gotta tell a story. It's called salesmanship!
      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's interesting that Ford needs to increase production of the 2.0L EcoBoost over the 1.6L EcoBoost that Ford has been pushing for fuel economy reasons. At this rate, I wouldn't be surprised if the 2.0L EcoBoost will become regarded the same way as the "Flathead V8" or "5.0L V8" are now. Also, I wonder if Ford will use historic "Cleveland" name for the performance 2.3L EcoBoost engine that will be coming in a year or two, echoing the famed "Cleveland V8" of the past? Whatever the case, I look forward to seeing the improvements to power and fuel economy Ford will make to their EcoBoost engines in the future.
        autocross77
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rmt_1
        Is this the same plant that used to build the Cleveland 351?
          rmt_1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @autocross77
          Yes, I believe it is.
        Dave
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rmt_1
        I was thinking the 2.3L EcoBoost could spawn a new Mustang SVO. The original Mustang SVO was also powered by a 2.3 turbo. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Mustang_SVO
          rmt_1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dave
          A new Mustang SVO would be a perfect revival for Ford, like when they brought back the Mach 1 or Boss 302. I just hope people will remember that the original SVO was not designed to be the quickest Mustang down a drag strip, rather it was designed to be the best handling and the most balanced Mustang ever produced by Ford, at that time ('84-'86).
      CARL HECK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitt would have shut them down
      Roger
      • 1 Year Ago
      FORD! The one car company that didn't take Obama cash is adding jobs!
        luigi.tony
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Roger
        Ford took plenty of money too. to upgrade factories and such.
      mkspw
      • 1 Year Ago
      My Ford Ranger right at 90000 miles the fuel pump quit followed by expensive extensive front end work. Also oil leak on engine. Coming from two Toyota I was really surprised at the lack of quality and poor engineering in my Ranger. I guess that is why the Ranger is no longer made.
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