Although full production occurs in 2003, plant manager Aaron McKey has confirmed that limited assembly of a three-valve V-8 engine for the Ford Falcon range in Australia is already under way.
"Canadian-built engines are powering the impressive new Ford Falcon a world away in Australia.By next year, our engines will also be powering the next generation of the best-selling Ford F-150 pickup.These are significant pride points for the 2,000 men and women employed at Essex Engine
Plant," said McKey
The new TritonTM engine represents the first V-8 power plant produced at Essex Engine Plant.It will be added to Essex'
current production of the split-port 3.8-litre V-6 engine for the Ford Windstar and Mustang, and the split-port, 4.2-litre V-6 engine for the F-150 pickup.
Across town, Windsor Engine Plant has increased in size by some 25 percent, having received a 48,000m2 (530,000 ft2) facility expansion.
The 2,400 employees at Windsor Engine Plant are primarily involved in the assembly of Ford's TritonTM family of 4.6- and 5.4-litre V-8, and 6.8-litre V-10 engines and the precision machining of several engine components such as cylinder blocks, cylinder heads, camshafts, crankshafts and connecting rods.