WINDSOR, Canada - It has been said that the heart of any great truck is the powertrain, and in Canada that heart is built in Windsor, Ontario. Windsor Engine Plant (WEP) has been cranking out quality engines for more than 30 years, and Essex Engine Plant (EEP) has been doing the same for more than 20. Right now, both build the heart of one of the most popular vehicles in history: the Ford F-Series.
Ford is the proven truck leader in Canada: F-Series has been the best-selling pickup in Canada for 46 consecutive years and the best-selling vehicle in Canada for the last two. In the U.S., F-Series has been the best-selling truck for last 35 years, and the best-selling vehicle for 30 consecutive years.
Just Google the phrase, “I love my Ford truck” and see how many enthusiasts agree it’s the best truck on the road. Canadians call it cool, spacious, comfortable, tough and smart. They love it because it gets them through all kinds of weather, it’s perfect for work and play, plus according to one great online post, “It’s not just for guys.”
“F-Series represents many different things to many different people,” said Darren Halabisky, manager, Truck Product Marketing, Ford of Canada. “It’s a business partner that comes along for the journey each workday; it can tow, haul and take you off road or just out to dinner with the family – it gives owners the flexibility to do it all.”
WEP produces one of the strongest workhorses Ford has to offer: the 6.8-liter V10. The Ford Super Duty F-650 equipped with this Windsor-built gasoline engine – a class exclusive in the medium-duty truck segment – costs less than diesel trucks of comparable size, which means it provides outstanding power and performance, at an attractive price.
Proving that the Power of Choice extends throughout Ford’s full lineup, this engine is available with a compressed natural gas/propane prep engine package for those customers looking for an alternative fuel option.
At EEP, the last few years have seen some significant changes. After being idled in 2007, EEP was selected for a new engine program as well as component production, and Ford announced a planned investment of more than CAD $500 million (U.S. $486 million). The plant became a part of Ford’s most extensive F-Series powertrain makeover ever, and today produces the new 5.0-liter engine featured in both the F-Series and Ford Mustang.
This engine gives Ford owners more horsepower, torque and capability than competitive V8 engines. Also, it offers class-leading fuel economy, while still producing that V8 engine rumble that customers love.
EEP is the lone global source for the 5.0-liter V8 engine and with the addition of the third shift, production at the plant will increase by about 40 percent.
“At Ford, we are committed to working together to build quality products, remain competitive and create a strong business,” said Shaun Whitehead, manager, Site Operations, Ford Windsor Site. “In Windsor, we are extremely proud of the work we do. When we benchmark ourselves for success, we help Canadians and F-Series owners be successful in their lives.”