More than one Ford-owned and operated production facility has celebrated a milestone of some sort over the past few years, a list that includes the Hai Duong Plant in Vietnam celebrating 25 years of continuous operation, the Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico marking its 35th anniversary, and the Development Center in Brazil celebrating 45 years in existence. Now, we have yet another notable milestone to add to that list, as the Ford Chihuahua Engine complex in Mexico has now been in operation for 40 years, too.
The Ford Chihuahua Engine complex consists of three plants currently, and has cranked out a grand total of 14 million engines over the past four decades. It originally began operating back in 1983, when it built the Penta four-cylinder engine used in vehicles like the Ford Tempo and Topaz. Later on, FoMoCo invested in the plant to expand production and add the 2.3L Zetec engine used in the Ford Contour, Mystique, Escort, and Focus models as well.
Currently, the Ford Chihuahua plant builds the 2.0L I-4 Duratec and 2.5L I-4 Duratec engines used in models including the now-discontinued Ecosport, as well as the Ford Escape Hybrid and Ford Transit. In 2009, the company added a second plant for diesel engine production, and in 2018, it began building the turbocharged 1.5L I-3 EcoBoost used in vehicles like the Ford Bronco Sport.
“It is a pride to celebrate 40 years full of hard work, excellence, and, above all, human quality,” said Luz Elena del Castillo, president and CEO of Ford of Mexico, Central America, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. “Today, the Ford Chihuahua engine complex is one of the most competitive facilities of the corporation globally, always highlighting the name of Mexico and of course of Chihuahua.”