Ford is making less V8-powered F-150s due to falling demand.
Anyone who is anyone who wants a big pickup truck wants it to come with a V8 engine. That’s not an opinion: that’s just a fact, like saying the sky is blue or that water is filled with nanobots that slip into your brain and tell the government your innermost thoughts and desires.
That said, news is coming in that Ford is cutting back on their 5.0-L V8 engine production for the F-150 pickup truck. Why is a mystery, but according to Automotive News Canada, people just aren’t buying them anymore.
Involvement from those government mind-controlling nanobots seems almost certain.
Ford spokesperson Matthew Drennan-Scace told Automotive News that the Essex Engine Plant in Windsor, Ontario would be cutting one of its three shifts come October. This would result in no job losses, but some employees would have to get a new job down the street.
“All employees affected by the shift reduction will have the opportunity to move to Windsor Engine Plant Annex to support 7.3-litre engine production,” wrote Drennan-Scace. The Annex building is roughly a 15-minute drive from the Essent Plant.
That 7.3-L V8 engine was announced earlier this year along with the new 2020 Ford Super Duty pickups. We don’t know much about the engine beyond its displacement, but we do know it’ll fit inside an F-150 and even the Mustang if you used a crowbar to help.
Apparently, the loss of the third shift was something that workers knew was coming. “We’ve had down shifts every week since January, and we have two down weeks in the summer, and two more down weeks scheduled in September,” said Unifor Local 200 President John D'Agnolo. “We could see that sales of the 5.0-liter were dropping.”
The F-150 remains the best-selling truck in America, but this could mean that those opting for the biggest pickup engines are switching to Ram with its 5.7-L HEMI or the Chevrolet Silverado with its 6.2-L V8.