May 13, 2002

Ford’s St. Thomas Assembly Plant begins production of Marauder

2003 Mercury Marauder
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St. Thomas, Ontario – Ford of Canada’s St. Thomas Assembly Plant produced the first 2003 Mercury Marauder last week. The Marauder becomes the eighth model built at St. Thomas Assembly Plant located between the shores of Lake Erie and London, Ontario.

The first Marauder shone in a lustrous black paint, with seats clad in black leather and stitched with classic French seams. St. Thomas will initially build about 18,000 Marauders, most of which will be shipped to the United States where the four-door, V-8 powered, 302-horsepower sports sedan
goes on sale this summer.

Up to 550 models with traction control will be produced for Canada at a price expected to be below $50,000. The 2003 Marauder includes:

  • Aluminum 4.6-litre 4-valve dual overhead cam V-8 engine producing 302 horsepower and 318 foot-pounds of torque with true dual exhaust and 3.5″ Megs polished stainless steel tips;

  • Four-speed automatic transmission with a high stall speed torque converter and 3.55 rear axle with limited-slip differential;
  • Performance suspension, 18-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels shod with ultra-high performance all-season tires (P235/50ZR18 front and P245/55ZR18 rear);
  • 225-kph (140-mph) speedometer, 7,000-rpm tachometer, temperature and Autometer Pro-Comp oil pressure gauges and voltmeter;
  • Leather-trimmed cabin, floor-mounted shifter and five-passenger seating with “Marauder” embroidered in the floor mats and centre console;
  • Monochromatic exterior design with body surfaces finished in gloss black paint, dark-tinted headlamp and tail lamp bezels, “Marauder” embossed in the rear fascia and Cibie 80 mm 55-watt high output fog lamps integrated into the front fascia.

The St. Thomas Assembly is a 243,000 m(2) (2.6 million ft(2)) plant that houses a body shop, paint facility, and 19-km long assembly line. Nearly 3,000 employees produce about 1,000 cars per day on two shifts. Last year, St. Thomas Assembly produced 202,000 vehicles, virtually an equal split of Crown Victoria and Grand Marquis models.

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