Ford Motor Co. announced last week it would invest $335 million in an engine plant in northwest Ohio that likely would produce engines with high enough horsepower ratings to pull towable RVs, according to a Reuters report carried on www.autonews.com.
The factory, in Lima, Ohio, would build the new 3.5-liter V6 engine planned in a variety of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars and sport utility vehicles (SUVs).
The retooled Lima plant is expected to begin production in late 2005.
Ford did not disclose the specifications for the new engine, but auto industry analysts believe the company has a need for V6 engines that produce at least 220 horsepower, and which are typically used in midsize sedans, minivans and SUVs.
Ford received some government incentives to revamp the plant, which employs around 1,600 people.