Ford Motor Co. has now built 2 million EcoBoost engines since its launch in 2009. Thanks to increasing global demand for Ford vehicles fitted with the fuel-saving powerplant, the American carmaker has notched up the production of more EcoBoost engines – from a monthly rate of 65,000 in 2012 to over 100,000 units currently.
Joe Bakaj, vice president of Powertrain Engineering at Ford, remarked that the EcoBoost’s ability to deliver “great performance with lower fuel bills” is proving popular with consumers around the world. He added that with EcoBoost engines attracting new customers to the Ford brand, their plants are working hard to keep up with demand.
The two millionth production EcoBoost -- a 2.0-litre unit – was rolled off the assembly line at Ford’s Louisville site in Kentucky fitted in a Ford Escape. To deliver outstanding performance and fuel economy, the EcoBoost technology mixes smaller overall size with turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing.
EcoBoost engines deliver up to 15% better fuel economy than larger displacement petrol engines. The family now includes the 1.0-litre three-cylinder; the 1.5-liter, 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines; as well as the 3.5-litre V6. Around 80% of Ford’s global models will be made available with EcoBoost engines.
They will be offered on nearly 80 per cent of the company’s global models by the end of 2013. In Europe, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is already available on five European models, and will be fitted to six more by 2014. The three-cylinder EcoBoost, meanwhile, accounted for 43% of B-MAX sales, 32% for Focus, 26% for Fiesta; and 24% for C-MAX and Grand C-MAX sales.