Manufacturing Money for Mustang Engines

Ford North American Manufacturing had a big day today (February 26) as the company pumped up its powertrain manufacturing capability with some serious investments that are targeted at powering the 2011 Mustang.

Ford North American Manufacturing had a big day today (February 26) as the company pumped up its powertrain manufacturing capability with some serious investments that are targeted at powering the 2011 Mustang.

It announced a $590-million investment at its Essex Engine Plant in Windsor, Ontario, money that is being used for the production of an all-new 5.0-liter 412-hp V8 engine for the Mustang GT. (The engine is expected to be rated at 25 mpg highway, so this means power and efficiency.) Part of the spending at Essex is for a flexible manufacturing system that will allow Ford to quickly adapt to changes in the market.

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Also, it announced a $155-million investment at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 for the production of a new 3.7-liter 305-hp V6 engine for the Mustang. The lion’s share of the investment--$121-million—is being spent to develop and retool the plant’s flexible manufacturing systems in assembly and the cylinder block, head, and crankshaft areas. The remaining money, $34-million, is earmarked for launch and engineering. It is worth noting that Ford invested $350-million at the Cleveland plant in 2004 for an all-new assembly line and block, crankshaft, and cylinder head machining lines.