Monday 4 July 2011

Ford's V6 EcoBoost engine outselling 5.0 litre V8

Ford has announced that it will slash employee's summer holidays in Ohio in bid to produce more V6 powered vehicles.

Despite sales of the F-Series declining by 15%, Ford is still facing high-demand for the EcoBoost V6 engine, which in turn would mean sales of the V8 are slowing.

“We’re only going to take one week of shutdown this year,” said Pete Johnson, a building chairman at Ford’s Cleveland Engine Plant Number One in Brook Park, Ohio. Usually, Ford plans two holiday weeks to make the necessary adjustments for the next model year. Johnson also added that numerous suppliers won't take time-off.

As with many other car brands, Ford has charged a premium for the twin-turbo 3.5 litre V6 EcoBoost over the regular 5.0 litre V8.

Local dealerships say the EcoBoost F-150's are easy to sell to private buyers, while fleet customer pluck for the naturally-aspirated 3.7 litre V6.

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