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Ford to Produce Three-Cylinder Engines - (Global)

July 28th, 2008



With Ford America reporting a net loss of USD$8.7 billion for the second quarter of 2008, it’s safe to say that dramatic changes are necessary to flip this trend.

Ford of Europe’s union boss Dieter Hinkelmann has announced that workers at the Ford engine plant in Cologne, Germany, may have to seek work elsewhere unless production for a new economical three-cylinder engine is promptly underway. At present, the majority of the engines produced at the plant are V6’s along with V8’s and V12’s, with a maximum production of approximately 800,000 engines annually. Ford says the V6 engine takes 3.6hours to build with around 2000 units produced a day.

It will be interesting to see what production levels could be expected if Ford move across to mass produce three-cylinder engines at the Cologne plant, Germany.

If this new three-cylinder engine is manufactured, expect it to be fitted into the upcoming all new Ford Ka, which will go head to head against other three-cylinder models such as:

Daihatsu Sirion
Mitsubishi i-Car
Citroen C1 / Peugeot 107 / Toyota Aygo
Skoda Fabia
Smart for-two
Toyota Yaris
Volkwagon Fox
Volkswagon Polo

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