11/09/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Ford Building Greener Engine In Chicago

In response to soaring gas prices, Ford Motor Co. will debut a more fuel-efficient engine next year in a Lincoln sedan built at its Chicago assembly plant.

The Lincoln MKS, which went on sale this summer, will be the first model with an optional EcoBoost engine designed for better fuel economy. Ford has high hopes for both its new 3.5-liter engine and the MKS model, as the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker scrambles to rearrange its lineup for more fuel efficiency.

Ford sales have slumped badly in recent months as consumers avoid the company's pickups and sport-utility vehicles. So, too, have luxury vehicle felt the pinch from a weak economy.

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