Ohio plant to make Ford's new breed of fuel-efficient engine

BROOK PARK, Ohio — The first Ford Motor Co. plant to make a new line of fuel-efficient engines will help the automaker deliver the kind of fuel economy that customers demand, officials said Friday.

The plant in suburban Cleveland, idled since 2007, was chosen to make the 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost engines that will be standard on the Ford Taurus SHO and optional on the Lincoln MKS and MKT, and Ford Flex cars.

EcoBoost engines combine direct-injection technology and turbocharging for improved fuel efficiency and lower CO² emissions. Ford says that compared with larger displacement engines, they can achieve up to 20 percent better fuel efficiency and 15 percent lower CO² emissions without sacrificing power.

Pressured by Washington and by last year's spike in gasoline prices, the troubled auto industry has accelerated what had been a gradual push toward smaller and more fuel-efficient cars.

Gary Johnson, Ford's director of manufacturing, estimated that the EcoBoost engine would get 25 to 26 miles per gallon on the highway and 18 to 20 miles per gallon in city driving.