In light of a new four-year tentative agreement reached with its workers over the weekend, Ford Motor Co. has announced to invest $613 million in its Windsor plants and launch a new global 7.0-litre engine program. The agreement has been endorsed by 58 per cent of about 6,700 hourly workers in Ontario.
According to the deal, the new program will be installed at Ford’s Annex facility and produce cylinder heads for the Windsor Engine and Essex Engine plants. The new engine is meant to replace the current 6.8-litre V-10 engine assembled at the Windsor Engine plant and instead power Ford’s top-selling vehicles such as the F-150 pickup. Dias explained that “it’s more fuel efficient, smaller, lighter, with more torque, more horsepower. It’s a big deal,” adding that the new engine “will supply next-generation, high-volume products planned for the 2020 model year.”