Ford said it’s investing nearly $200 million in its Cleveland Engine Plant to meet demand for its 2.0L EcoBoost inline four-cylinder engine. The automaker said production of the 2.0L EcoBoost engine for North America is currently based in Valencia, Spain, and this change will shift production of the engine to Ohio and add 450 jobs at the plant. The plant in Spain will remain the key production facility for 2.0L engines for vehicles sold in Europe, according to Ford.
The 2.0L EcoBoost engine is currently available in the Explorer, Edge, all-new Escape, all-new Fusion, the Focus ST, the Taurus, and the new Lincoln MKZ and MKT Livery models. In 2013, Ford expects to sell more than 500,000 vehicles equipped with EcoBoost engines, which would be a major increase over the 334,364 EcoBoost vehicles Ford said it sold in 2012. The company said its EcoBoost engine technology will be available on more than 90% of its North American nameplates in 2013 and on 95% of them by 2015.
Ford said production of the 2.0L EcoBoost engine will begin at the Cleveland plant in late 2014. The Cleveland plant currently builds Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost engine and the 3.7L V-6. The facility employs roughly 1,300 people, according to the company.