| MONTREAL, DETROIT March 29
MONTREAL, DETROIT March 29 Ford Motor Co
will announce on Thursday production of a new engine in the
Canadian province of Ontario, two sources familiar with the
matter said, in an investment that would boost Canada's auto
industry after years of job losses to Mexico and the United
The sources said the 7X engine, for large pickup trucks, is
to be announced with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Ford
Essex Engine Plant in Windsor, Ontario, on Thursday morning.
It is part of the C$700 million ($525.05 million) in new
investments secured during a 2016 agreement between Ford and its
7,000 unionized Canadian workers, the sources said. Investments
in Windsor's two engine plants are expected to account for about
C$600 million ($450.05 million).
Spokesmen for Ford and Trudeau declined to comment.
Brian Maxim, a vice president at AutoForecast Solutions,
said in a telephone interview that the 7.0-litre, V8 engine
would have more torque and be more fuel efficient than the
6.8-litre V10 engine now built in Windsor and used in Ford's
super- duty trucks, such as its F-250s.
Maxim said he expected Ford to produce about 125,000 units
of the new engine per year, starting in 2019.
Ford's F-Series pickup trucks have been the best-selling
model in the United States since 1982.
New investment in engine production in Canada was seen as
vital because the large V8 and V10 motors now built by Ford in
Windsor were expected to end production in four years.
Between 2001 and 2013, some 14,300 jobs were lost in vehicle
manufacturing in Canada, according to Hamilton's Automotive
Policy Research Centre.
($1 = 1.3332 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting By Allison Lampert in Montreal and Nick Carey in
Detroit; Additional reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa)