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Ohio is a hot area for Ford at the moment with the announcement just a few weeks ago that production of the next-generation F-650/F-750 medium-duty trucks would move from Mexico to the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Ohio. Now, Ford is investing $500 million to hire 300 workers at its Lima Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio, to add production of the twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 for the 2015 F-150.

The latest investment will be used to add a new flexible engine assembly system and renovate 700,000 square feet of the plant for machining and assembly areas. The Lima factory already builds Ford's 3.5-liter and 3.7-liter Duratec V6 engines. The plant opened in 1957, and it's on track to build its 40 millionth engine later this year.

Ford claims that the 2.7-liter EcoBoost will offer V8 performance with better efficiency in the F-150. It comes standard with intelligent stop/start that doesn't activate when the truck is towing or in four-wheel drive, and it's made from a combination of compacted graphite iron and aluminum for low weight and high strength. The company says that V6 engines have already proven popular in the F-150 with 57 percent of trucks in 2014 being equipped with either the naturally aspirated 3.7-liter or turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines.

The new F-150 is scheduled to hit the market in the fourth quarter of this year, and it will be offered with the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6, 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and 5.0-liter V8. Scroll down to read the full press release.
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FORD INVESTS $500 MILLION IN OHIO ENGINE PLANT, CREATES 300 JOBS TO BUILD ALL-NEW 2.7-LITER ECOBOOST FOR 2015 F-150

28/03/14
Ford investing $500 million to add 300 jobs and upgrade Lima Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio, to support production of the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine for the 2015 F-150

Latest EcoBoost technology in an all-new lightweight design provides extremely high output coupled with standard truck-optimized Auto Start-Stop

2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost delivers the performance of a mid-range V8 with greater efficiency, and builds on strong sales of V6 engine-equipped F-150


Ford Motor Company will invest $500 million to upgrade its Lima Engine Plant and add 300 new jobs to support production of the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® specifically engineered for the next-generation 2015 Ford F-150.

The high-output, twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop features an entirely new design that delivers power and performance in a stronger, smarter package.

This new EcoBoost engine builds on recording-breaking customer demand for F-150 pickups equipped with V6 engines. In fact, 57 percent of new customers in 2014 have opted for either a 3.7-liter V6 or 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost to power their new F-150. Since 2010, retail registrations of light-duty pickups with V6 engines have grown more than 600 percent, with Ford F-150 directly responsible for 91 percent of this growth, according to Ford analysis of Polk retail new vehicle registration data from IHS Automotive.

"Our truck customers have spoken, and we continue to meet their evolving needs by providing another V6 option in the all-new 2015 F-150," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. "The hardworking team at Lima Engine is thrilled to begin building one of the most technologically advanced engines ever designed for America's No. 1 truck."

Ford's investment in Lima follows an announcement in early March that the company will shift production of Ford F-650/F-750 medium-duty trucks from Mexico to Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, in the Cleveland area, early next year.

Lima Engine Plant
Lima Engine Plant produces the 3.5-liter and 3.7-liter Duratec® V6 engines for multiple Ford vehicles including Edge and Explorer utilities, as well as the Lincoln MKX crossover, MKT utility and MKZ sedan. The $500 million investment will go to a new flexible engine assembly system and renovation of 700,000 square feet of the facility for machining and assembly functions.

Lima Engine Plant Fact Sheet

"Lima Engine has kept Ford and Lincoln vehicles running for nearly 60 years," said Bruce Hettle, Ford vice president, North America manufacturing. "Bringing production of the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost to Lima Engine Plant helps build a solid future both for Ford and the dedicated workers in Ohio."

Lima Engine Plant, which opened in 1957, employs more than 900 people and is one of the largest employers in Allen County. On March 13, the 3-millionth Duratec V6 was built there, and later this year the 40-millionth engine produced at the plant will roll off the assembly line.

"The new jobs at Lima Engine Plant will be a major boost to the community, and continue F-150's reputation as one of the most American-made vehicles," said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department. "It's especially exciting that these jobs will go to support a new technology like the 2.7-liter EcoBoost for the all-new F-150."

All-new 2.7-liter Ford EcoBoost
The high-output, twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost features a new design that delivers power and performance in a strong and smart package for the 2015 Ford F-150.

2015 Ford F-150 2.7L EcoBoost

Standard Auto Start-Stop technology boosts fuel efficiency and is specially tuned for truck customers. Auto Start-Stop turns the engine off automatically when the vehicle is at a stop – except when towing or in four-wheel-drive mode. The engine quickly restarts once the driver releases the brake.

The materials used to make the new V6 EcoBoost enable its fuel efficiency. The engine uses a compacted graphite iron engine block, the same material used in Ford's 6.7-liter Power Stroke® turbo-diesel V8. The composite of compacted graphite iron and aluminum saves weight while providing strength where it's needed most for durability.

All-new 2015 Ford F-150
The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 is tougher, smarter and more capable than ever. It's completely redesigned – establishing a new standard for full-sized pickups by bringing together improved capability, fuel efficiency and cutting-edge smart vehicle technology.

Using advanced materials – including more high-strength steel than ever in the frame and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy throughout the body – improves durability while saving as much as 700 pounds, giving truck customers greater towing, payload and fuel efficiency performance.

2015 Ford F-150 Platinum

When it goes on sale late this year, the all-new Ford F-150 will have undergone more than 10 million miles of torture testing to ensure it meets or exceeds Built Ford Tough standards.

Along with the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost, the new F-150 will feature a complete lineup of powertrains to let customers tailor the nation's best-selling truck to their needs. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine returns, an all-new normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 debuts and there is an improved 5.0-liter V8.

EcoBoost leadership
In the three years since Ford launched the 3.5-liter EcoBoost in F-150, the company has sold more than 2 million EcoBoost-powered vehicles; EcoBoost is now the most recognized fuel-efficient engine among consumers.

Ford sells approximately 100,000 EcoBoost vehicles monthly around the world, equating to roughly one out of five Ford vehicles sold.

EcoBoost has been a resounding hit with truck buyers, delivering V8-like power along with outstanding towing capability and V6 fuel efficiency. Since 2011, Ford has sold more than 450,000 F-150 trucks equipped with EcoBoost. Through the first two months of 2014, the V6 EcoBoost engine has accounted for approximately 46 percent of F-150 sales.

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 181,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.


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        Garret
        • 1 Year Ago
        Fun fact, the entire machining line was built locally just a few miles up the road from the plant. It's a shame articles don't tie these details together, because Ford's investment doesn't stop at the plant itself.
        thatitaliankid321
        • 1 Year Ago
        I just wish that Ford would have kept the Walton Hills Stamping plant in Ohio open longer. but i guess some jobs coming from mexico and new ones in Lima are better than non at all
        Garret
        • 1 Year Ago
        Fun fact, the entire machining line was built locally just a few miles up the road from the plant. It's a shame articles don't tie these details together, because Ford's investment doesn't stop at the plant itself.
      mark
      • 1 Year Ago
      better in Ohio than Mexico!!
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      This engine would be brilliant for a truck slotted under the F-150.
      mylz
      • 1 Year Ago
      For going to the mall this engine should be fine. But for anyone dumb enough to actually tow with a turbo V6 is an idiot. I know owners of both trucks with the ecoboost and the regular V8. I am not surprised that the V8 gets the same or better mpgs. . But hey. bring on the down votes bc I presented real world observations
        rsholland
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mylz
        As requested, you got my down vote.
        SpikedLemon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mylz
        My neighbor replaced his F250 Diesel w/ the Ecoboost F150. He does note that, while the 250 is far more capable at towing his trailer, he's been more than impressed with the Ecoboost's capability towing (not being a HD truck) and has been ecstatic about it's fuel efficiency. There's a lot of hate towards this engine for many who feel only a V8 is acceptable. I fail to understand the premise behind the number of cylinders being a driver of capability.
        comintheusa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mylz
        How about a real world test of the F150 EcoBoost, towing 10,000 pounds in the mountains - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR-gMWRzvOg Who's the idiot now?
          herkimermedia
          • 1 Year Ago
          @comintheusa
          Who tows 10k lbs in overdrive? I guarantee those guys would have shifted down a gear at the bottom of the hill, if they owned that truck. Had they manually downshifted the transmission (and allowed it to remain that way) instead of bogging the engine in highway gear, the Chevy would have gone faster. Leaving it in a highway gear when towing 5 tons up a mountain is about the dumbest thing I have seen this week. The EcoBoost is very, very impressive -- but let's consider how these trucks would be driven by people that actually had to pay for transmission repairs.... One last thing to consider: the Chevy had better MPG by 16%. Goes to show that matching the tool to the job, is more important than choosing a truck because the name of its engine implies a higher degree of environmental-friendliness.
          Autoholics Anonymous
          @comintheusa
          @herkimermedia TFL Truck ran all of those vehicles in automatic to see how and what they would do under the circumstances. A major factor in towing is the gearing to get the most torque possible and as with the case of automatics being the prevalent transmission of choice in recent years the programming of said transmissions is also an important factor.
          herkimermedia
          • 1 Year Ago
          @comintheusa
          @Autoholics Anonymous Like I mentioned previously -- towing in highway gear is not something you would actually do if you had to pay for the repairs. Transmissions tend to run too hot -- especially when you are towing more than what the vehicle was rated for (like these guys). I see this test as completely ridiculous -- why not compare how well they all do in reverse? And to your point -- if torque is a major factor, why would you not downshift?
        Narom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mylz
        There is the American logic, a 2.7l engine to go to the mall, when everyone else in the world is happy with half that.
          mylz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Narom
          Fords Ecoboost is heavily overrated. I know of several companies who returned all of their ecoboost fusions and escapes and replaced with the base engines because they were not getting the mpgs promised. Give it some time and the V8 model fords will have a higher resale value over the turbos because of repair bills and overall reliability
        Greg Aryous
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mylz
        I'm in the industry n FACT is the EcoBoost F150 is a runaway success! Over 46% take rate!!! The EPA rated mpg on ALL. Vehicles is typically the "high water" mark n "your mileage WILL vary" The typical haters r GM or Ram fans that have No Competitive offering to Fords Superior EcoBoost technology!!! The new 2.7 V6 EcoBoost is a revolutionary engine with many advanced technologies like the composite CGI n aluminum engine block that gives the 2.7 Very High Output capabilities that will send shock waves thru most V8 engines... Plus it will also be the most fuel efficient gas engine in any light truck...! This is a Real Game Changer!!!!!!!
        SpikedLemon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mylz
        My neighbor replaced his F250 Diesel w/ the Ecoboost F150. He does note that, while the 250 is far more capable at towing his trailer, he's been more than impressed with the Ecoboost's capability towing (not being a HD truck) and has been ecstatic about it's fuel efficiency. There's a lot of hate towards this engine for many who feel only a V8 is acceptable. I fail to understand the premise behind the number of cylinders being a driver of capability.
        fran
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mylz
        Your observations, just like yourself, is stupid.
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Year Ago
      It should be better on the mpg but again this should be more costly as it got 2 turbo's and this is less reliable and less durable. They don't say if it take premium gasoline. I recommend to not buying that at any cost, this is too big and polluting and costly and difficult to park. Please if you have cargo to move occasionnaly just ask a friend or relative and anyway if you have cargo to move it's because you are a trouble-maker consuming too much gadjetry. A lot of people can live without consuming tons of goods like Africa and asia. All the time I see this monstruous truck on the road it is empty and there is just the driver driving the truck without passengers. Also when we see ads of this truck on international tv there is many people immigrating in north-America just to buy it here and driving it here increasing air pollution. With my neon, im doing the same thing as this f-150 for a third of the cost and pollution, say it so we can hope for lesser air pollutants into the air.
        bullitt2605
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        If you own a Neon and admit it then your opinion is not worth much.
          goodoldgorr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bullitt2605
          It's not because you drive an oversized big polluting car that you must venerate this big v6 truck. All the billionaire still drive small camry or corolla because they know the numbers behind it. This is unfortunately serious, you must stop polluting because air is running out. In a couple of years actual gasoline vehicles will stop running because a lack of air. Maybe if we invent a co2 engine it will still work but actual engines and breating work with oxygen in the air. I always knew it that's why I got a small neon, marketing tricks and gimmicks didn't got me like it did for you. I have no option in my neon, no air conditioning , no t-top, no leather seats, no aerodynamic winds, a manual transmission, cheap goodyear small tires on used steel wheels and small winter tires on steel wheels. The result is less pollution on the road . I change my oil once a year with the filter and I do few mileage. Im currently looking for a used hydrogen car that I will buy somewhere in 2023 so I hope they start selling those very soon in my area.
          goodoldgorr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bullitt2605
          It's not because you drive an oversized big polluting car that you must venerate this big v6 truck. All the billionaire still drive small camry or corolla because they know the numbers behind it. This is unfortunately serious, you must stop polluting because air is running out. In a couple of years actual gasoline vehicles will stop running because a lack of air. Maybe if we invent a co2 engine it will still work but actual engines and breating work with oxygen in the air. I always knew it that's why I got a small neon, marketing tricks and gimmicks didn't got me like it did for you. I have no option in my neon, no air conditioning , no t-top, no leather seats, no aerodynamic winds, a manual transmission, cheap goodyear small tires on used steel wheels and small winter tires on steel wheels. The result is less pollution on the road . I change my oil once a year with the filter and I do few mileage. Im currently looking for a used hydrogen car that I will buy somewhere in 2023 so I hope they start selling those very soon in my area.
      Ron
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it makes less than 450, it is a failure.
      Greg Aryous
      • 1 Year Ago
      Less reliable n less durable claims are total BS by those who know nothing about new technology n fall back on "the good ole days" when u could maintain ur own vehicles !! Sorry butt those days r long gone n u can either lead (like Ford), follow like GM or get the hell outta the way!! Guess where u belong! EcoBoost technology is solid n proven n go do your own homework n due diligence on all the published testing Ford did on the engine n public reveal n engine teardown at Detroit Autto Show with Nothing to hide !!!!!! Show me another auto Mfgr that's done that????? put up or shut up!!!!
        Ron
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Greg Aryous
        I just wanted to say that you are the biggest idiot I have seen on this board. Everyone, and anyone can maintain thier own vehicles, there is nothing special about cars today vs 20 years ago that makes them any harder to maintain or repair. EcoBoost is bullshit, it is a marketing campain, there is no "ecoboost technology"; the fact that you said that, in full belief that "ecoboost" is a tangible thing, shows that you know absolutely nothing about cars, and you are talking out your ass (same with the "hemi" engines). Turbo charging has long offered improved fuel economy and improved performance, this is absolutely nothing new; direct injection is fairly new; but this engine, along with the entire "evoboost" line is hardly leading... in fact that honor would really go to Hyundai if you want to get technical. As to that last bit of dibble that oozed from your keyboard, the answer would be just about every engine manufacture, but here is a short list of those I have seen in just the past year: 1.) Ford 2,) GM 3.) Toyota 4.) Mazda 5.) Hyundai 6.) Subaru 7.) Nissan 8.) Mitsubishi 9.) Volvo So for the sake of everyone that reads Autoblog, and attempts to partake in intelligent conversation about cars, with other people who know what they are talking about, please, shut up.
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ron
          "EcoBoost" is the marketing term used to describe Ford's engines which offer technologies to increase fuel economy and performance. Reduced displacement and turbocharging, Twin-independent Variable Camshaft Timing, and Direct Injection are all current staples of EcoBoost engines, and as new technologies are brought to market they will be fitted standard across the EcoBoost lineup (start-stop, brake energy capture, laser ignition, etc). The only thing Hyundai led was dropping the V6 option from the Sonata. Ford's EcoBoost plan is by far the most aggressive engine technology program in the industry. EcoBoost has proliferated the entire Ford lineup from the 3 cylinder EcoBoost in the Fiesta to the EcoBoost V6 in the F150, their most important model, as well as other models around the world. Ford has been the only manufacturer to test their turbocharged engines so publicly and they have received recognition around the world and have even been sought out by other manufacturers to license technology and even use their engines in their vehicles. Thanks for being the rudest person I've seen on here all week and by the way your post didn't actually add anything to the "intelligent conversation".
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Look at those little baby turbo's.... so cute.
        mazeroni
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        I can't help but think back to the 60s and 70s when you could buy 6~7 liter V8s that had 170hp (rated at the time) and were lucky to see 10mpg. Here you have an engine nearly a third the size putting out over 300hp and should be capable of mpg in the mid-20s. I mean yea, 7 liters of awesome and all, but those tiny turbos do a hell of a lot.
          Jake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mazeroni
          Because a Corvette is about the same weight and aerodynamics as a pick-up.
      Greg Aryous
      • 1 Year Ago
      Potential ratings for the 2.7 v6 EcoBoost can be extrapolated from Fords other iron block EcoBoost... The award winning "2-Time Engine of the Year" 1L 3-cylinder rated at 123 HP and up to 148 Ft Lbs torque Then the 2.7 could produce 330 HP and 400 Ft Lbs...! This is very V8 territory with best in class fuel efficiency from New Engine Controls based on "lessons learned" from the 3.5 EB in the F150...! Game Changer!!!!!!!
        Ron
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Greg Aryous
        330 hp from a V6 is not a game changer, in fact from a twin turbo v6 it is pretty yesterday's news. now, if it was a 2.7 that produced 500/500 then that would be interesting; got to remember that ecoboost is not a real thing, it is just marketing speak for "what people have been doing with turbo charged engines for 30 years".
      PTC DAWG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lots of butthurt on this thread. Face it, lots of good vehicles out there, choices are good.
      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      I keep wondering how much weight and cost would have been saved with a four cylinder instead of a V6. One head instead of two, one exhaust manifold instead of two, one turbo instead of two..... If the take rate is small, then this makes sense, because it will use the same assembly line, motor mounts, etc. as the 3.5, but if Ford were serious about downsizing, a 2.7 liter four cylinder would be even better.
        AcidTonic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave
        They always cheap out on the pistons and rods..... They'd rather use crappy internals and simply run a larger engine to distribute the stress better. Meanwhile 440hp from a turbo 2.0 was just offered from an import manufacturer.... Ford will figure it out eventually....
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      For has all of these great engines now, my mind swims with all that could be done with them. I would really like to see Ford offer these new engines in crate. Kit car builders, tuners and hot rodders would eat these new engines up. They could sell these in crate, along with all of the controls and partial wiring harness for pretty cheap and still with a nice profit margin. I want to see one of these engines go in the back of something, driving the rear wheels. It would be awesome to turn a modern Fiesta into a new ShoGun. You could build a really fast Delorean, or fast and efficient FFR 818. There was talk over a year ago that Ford would offer one Ecoboost in crate, the 2.0 4cyl, but I have yet to see that happen. Why not offer all the Ecoboost engines in crate?
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        The 2.0L 4-cylinder and the 3.5L V6 are available from Ford Racing in crate engine form, but require a bunch of custom stuff. http://fordracingparts.com/parts/part_details.asp?PartKeyField=22999 http://fordracingparts.com/parts/part_details.asp?PartKeyField=22829
          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          I'll be. You're right. If you just go to Parts--> Crate engines, they're not there. They're hidden, not shown through typical navigation. You actually have to search for it by name to find it. There's a catch, though. The following disclaimer is at the bottom; "Currently engine requires stand alone aftermarket engine controller and custom engine calibration to function" What's that about?
          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          I'll be. You're right. If you just go to Parts--> Crate engines, they're not there. They're hidden, not shown through typical navigation. You actually have to search for it by name to find it. There's a catch, though. The following disclaimer is at the bottom; "Currently engine requires stand alone aftermarket engine controller and custom engine calibration to function" What's that about?
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        The 2.0L EB is available in crate engine form from Ford Racing, but you have to use a bunch of custom stuff.
        no1bondfan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        Great Scott! You had me at "really fast Delorean".
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        The 2.0L 4-cylinder and the 3.5L V6 are available from Ford Racing in crate engine form, but require a bunch of custom stuff. http://fordracingparts.com/parts/part_details.asp?PartKeyField=22999 http://fordracingparts.com/parts/part_details.asp?PartKeyField=22829
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        The 2.0L EB is available in crate engine form from Ford Racing, but you have to use a bunch of custom stuff.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        The 2.0L 4-cylinder and the 3.5L V6 are available from Ford Racing in crate engine form, but require a bunch of custom stuff. http://fordracingparts.com/parts/part_details.asp?PartKeyField=22999 http://fordracingparts.com/parts/part_details.asp?PartKeyField=22829
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        The 2.0L EB is available in crate engine form from Ford Racing, but you have to use a bunch of custom stuff.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        The 2.0L 4-cylinder and the 3.5L V6 are available from Ford Racing in crate engine form, but require a bunch of custom stuff. http://fordracingparts.com/parts/part_details.asp?PartKeyField=22999 http://fordracingparts.com/parts/part_details.asp?PartKeyField=22829
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        The 2.0L EB is available in crate engine form from Ford Racing, but you have to use a bunch of custom stuff.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        The 2.0L 4-cylinder and the 3.5L V6 are available from Ford Racing in crate engine form, but require a bunch of custom stuff. http://fordracingparts.com/parts/part_details.asp?PartKeyField=22999 http://fordracingparts.com/parts/part_details.asp?PartKeyField=22829
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        The 2.0L EB is available in crate engine form from Ford Racing, but you have to use a bunch of custom stuff.
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