US – The production launch at the OEM’s Ohio plant of the twin-scroll, 2.0-litre and 2.3-litre versions marks the first time the engines have been made in America. They are for the North American market.
Manufacture of twin-scroll, 2.0-litre and 2.3-litre engines for North America previously took place in Valencia, Spain, but in 2013 Ford invested $200m to achieve regional production. Valencia is now the exclusive production location for the 2.0-litre version for European vehicles. However, the Spanish site will continue to machine components for both versions in support of North American assembly.
The 2.0-litre engine is available for the new Ford Edge, which launches this quarter, while the 2.3-litre version powers the new Ford Mustang, Ford Explorer and Lincoln MKC.
Ford Cleveland also produces the 3.5-litre EcoBoost and 3.6-litre V6 rear-wheel drive application. Since 2009, the plant has turned out more than 1m EcoBoost engines for Ford’s operations in North America, Mexico, Europe and Asia Pacific. Its workforce currently stands at around 1,300 individuals; the OEM’s recent investment created 460 new jobs.