Ford Mexico facilities share their history in honor of the 100th anniversary of the moving assembly line.
CHIHUAHUA, Mexico - In 1983, with a floor area of 66,000 square meters, the Ford Chihuahua Engine Plant (CHEP) began operations. At this site, the four-cylinder engine "Penta" was built and intended for national and foreign consumption.
The excellent operation and performance results of the plant encouraged the company to invest in the site for the expansion, redevelopment and attraction of new engine projects.
In 1993, regular production of Zetec 4-cylinder engine began and by 1997 the launch of a new product at the plant became official. Globally, CHEP would be the first of five plants to make the Duratec I4 engine that would replace a wide variety of Ford engines in the lineup.
The growth of the Chihuahua Engine Plant has been continuous and so in 2009 the Diesel Engine Plant began operations with the programs “6.7L Scorpion” and the “Lion 4.4L” in 2010.
Nowadays the I4 Plant has an area of 41,122 square meters, where monoblock head, crankshaft, camshaft and connecting rod are machined daily to produce 1,900 daily engines that are sent to different assembly plants in North America, Latin America, South Africa and Asia. These engines are used in cars like Ecosport, Fusion, Escape and the hybrid versions of these models.
The Diesel Plant in an area of 88,878 square meters has three crankshaft machining lines, heads and monoblock, which together with the assembly line produce daily six hundred thirty nine 6.7L engines and fifty 4.4L engines with applications for the Ford Super Duty assembled in the United States and the 4.4L V8 Land Rover assembled in England.