|FYI — September 2001|
|By Brad Dunn|
ASPHALT TO SALT
This month the auto giant goes liquid as it begins producing marine engines at its new plant in Kennesaw, Georgia. "The boating industry is ready for a change in power leadership, and Ford is positioning to do just that," explains Jack Damron, president of Ford Power Products (FPP), a subsidiary of Ford Motor Co.
Though the first phase of marinized Ford engines will be gasoline-powered, FPP says it will soon launch a line of diesel engines as well. For now the company will focus on engines that range from the compact I-4 to the V-8 and V-10 Triton engines. A 5.4-liter supercharged version of Ford's Lightning engine is also slated for production.
Ford's Marine Division will be headquartered in Kennesaw, chosen because its climate is more conducive to year-round marine engine testing than Michigan.
Earlier this year rumors circulated that Ford had closed a deal with the Yamaha Motor Co. to manufacture stern-drive engines in the United States. However, Ford said a deal was never reached, though the company is still hammering out plans to produce a stern drive down the road.
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This article originally appeared in the June 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.