DEARBORN, Mich.—Ford Motor Co. has taken a step toward making life easier for aftermarket suppliers.
Along with the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), on May 2 the auto maker began providing aftermarket suppliers online access to Ford Mustang engineering files through SEMA's Web site, www.sema.org.
The six-month pilot program will focus only on the 4.6-liter Mustang GT. Ford hopes to expand it to include information on other vehicles.
"We are going to try to provide the information as upstream as possible, so you (aftermarket suppliers) can have your products to market at the same time we do," said Bob Adams, a manager with Ford's business assistance center in Dearborn, Mich.
Until now, engine drawings, component dimensions and other measurements have been hard to get quickly, if at all. Aftermarket suppliers often have to "reverse engineer," or tear vehicles apart, to get the measurements they need.
Carl Sheffer, SEMA's vice president of OEM relations, is working with other auto manufacturers, including DaimlerChrysler A.G. and General Motors Corp., to bring them on board as well.
He said he hopes to have DaimlerChrysler take part by the end of this year.