Ford Motor Co. is eyeing a move to install a V-6 engine in the all-new Thunderbird, due out in the first quarter of 2001, and has told suppliers to plan for up to 40,000 T-Birds annually, up from earlier predicted sales of 25,000 units. The Thunderbird originally was planned as a V-8-only model. Two years after launch, the T-Bird now also is expected to adopt the Jaguar-developed, XJR supercharged V-8. T-Bird will be the third vehicle to be built off Ford's DEW98 platform, currently used ...

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