ford celebrates two-millionth ecoboost engine
Ford Motor Company today celebrated a manufacturing milestone for its fuel-saving EcoBoost engines- two million have been produced globally since the 2009 launch of the 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, Ford’s vice president of Powertrain Engineering. “EcoBoost engines are attracting new customers to the Ford brand every day, and our plants are working hard to keep up with demand.”
A Ford Escape powered by the two millionth production EcoBoost – a 2.0-litre unit – rolled off the line at Ford’s Louisville, Ky., U.S., assembly line.
EcoBoost technology combines smaller overall size with turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing to increase performance and fuel economy, even delivering up to 15 per cent better fuel economy than larger displacement petrol engines.
The EcoBoost engine family now includes the 1.0-litre three-cylinder; the 1.5-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines; and the powerful and efficient 3.5-litre V6. Ford says that EcoBoost will be offered on nearly 80 per cent of the company’s global models by the end of 2013.
In Europe, increased demand for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine – International Engine of the Year 2012 and 2013 – is fuelling a doubling of production capacity at the Cologne engine plant to more than 1,000 engines a day.
Already available on five European models, the 1.0-litre engine will be fitted to a total of 11 by 2014. The three-cylinder unit is being chosen by a growing share of customers during 2013, accounting 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 with 2011, internal Ford data shows.
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 this year – 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.
The Bridgend Plant in Wales starts production of the new 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine in 2014, alongside the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine introduced in 2011. Production will ramp up over two years to maintain the plant’s 2,600-plus daily production output of four-cylinder engines.