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Over 2 Million Ford EcoBoost Engines By Brian Foley

Ford Motor Company has built over 2 Million of its EcoBoost engines, since the 2009 launch of the fuel-saving engine line.

Growing customer demand for EcoBoost-powered vehicles in Ford’s major markets worldwide is driving engine production, with output now averaging more than 100,000 engines per month, up from 65,000 in 2012.

“Ford EcoBoost delivers great performance with lower fuel bills, a recipe which is proving incredibly popular with consumers around the world,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Powertrain Engineering, Ford. “EcoBoost engines are attracting new customers to the Ford brand every day, and our plants are working hard to keep up with demand.”

EcoBoost technology combines smaller overall size with turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing for outstanding performance and fuel economy. Ford EcoBoost engines deliver up to 15 per cent better fuel economy than larger displacement petrol engines.

Ford’s global EcoBoost engine family now includes the 1.0-litre 3-cylinder; the 1.5-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engines; and the powerful and efficient 3.5-litre V6. EcoBoost will be offered on nearly 80 per cent of Ford models by the end of 2013.

In Europe, exceptional demand for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine – International Engine of the Year 2012 and 2013 – has necessitated a doubling of production capacity at the Cologneengine plant to more than 1,000 engines a day.

Already available on five European models, the 1.0-litre engine will be fitted to 11 models by 2014. The 3-cylinder unit is being chosen by a growing number of Ford customers and accounts for 43 per cent of B-MAX sales, 32 per cent for Focus, 26 per cent for Fiesta; and 24 per cent for C-MAX and Grand C-MAX sales.

EcoBoost powertrains also are driving high demand for the Fiesta ST (1.6-litre EcoBoost) and Focus ST (2.0-litre EcoBoost), while 18 per cent of customers for the Kuga are selecting the 1.6-litre EcoBoost option in a segment which traditionally favours diesel engines. Nearly 40 per cent more European customers are familiar with EcoBoost technology today compared to 2011 - according to internal Ford data figures.

The Cologne plant also has begun production of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost for the North American market. The new 2014 Ford Fiesta – on sale later in 2013 – will be the first vehicle available in the United States with the 1.0-litre engine, and is expected to be certified most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car available in the United States.

Popularity, demand rising in North America In North America, internal Ford data shows that the EcoBoost engine is now the most recognised fuel-efficient engine.

To meet demand for the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine, Ford is investing nearly $200 million to build the engine at its Cleveland, Ohio, engine plant, with production starting in 2014.

FORD EcoBoost ENGINE PRODUCTION (to end of Sept.2013)

PlantEngineProduction
Cologne/Craiova1.0-litre 284,000
Bridgend/Craiova1.5-litre/1.6-litre549,000
Valencia2.0-litre532,000
Cleveland3.5-litre635,000
Total 2,000,000