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FORD PLANT TO EXPORT ENGINES TO EUROPE

 CLEVELAND, Nov. 19 ~PRNewswire~ -- When Ford Motor Company's (NYSE: F) Cleveland Engine Plant No. 2 begins producing new modular V-6 engines in early 1994, about 15,000 of the engines will be exported annually to Europe to power the Ford Mondeo, an all-new mid-sized car that will debut there next spring.
 Alex Trotman, who becomes president and chief operating officer of the Ford Automotive Group on Jan. 1, announced the export program today while inspecting construction progress inside Plant No. 2 at Ford's Brook Park manufacturing complex.
 Ford is investing about $1.2 billion to develop and build the high- tech V-6 -- about $700 million targeted specifically for Plant No. 2. The investment and production will help preserve jobs at the 38-year-old facility. Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 now exports more than 12,000 V-8 engines a year to Australia and Mexico.
 "The best part of this story for the area's economy is that we will have the capacity to eventually produce up to 400,000 of the V-6 engines per year," said Trotman. "These engines also will be used in the North American version of the all-new mid-sized car that we will begin to build in mid-1994 at our Kansas City Assembly Plant, and in other North American cars of the mid-1990s and beyond."
 The V-6 engine will have an all-aluminum block and heads, double overhead cams, and a fast-burn combustion system -- all helping to improve fuel economy and performance. Trotman spent the day in the Cleveland area as part of a five-week tour by 80 Ford executives of 120 cities throughout the United States.
 Trotman also visited Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, where he officiated at a ceremony launching the second production shift for the new 1993 Mercury Villager and Nissan Quest minivans. Both shifts, comprising about 1,900 employees -- all new jobs at the plant -- are working overtime to make the front-wheel-drive vehicles.
 During his Cleveland area stay, Trotman also met with metro area Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealers; toured the Unified Technologies Center of the Cleveland Advanced Manufacturing Program at Cuyahoga Community College, where he reviewed new technology with representatives of 20 of Ford's Cleveland-area suppliers, and delivered an address on U.S. manufacturing competitiveness at a civic luncheon.
 On display were the all-new 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII personal luxury car and the redesigned 1993 Ford Ranger compact pickup truck -- the best-selling compact pickup in America.
 Ford is the Greater Cleveland area's largest private-sector employer, with about 14,000 people at six area plants and sales and financial offices.
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