Ford to sell 1.0-liter EcoBoost-powered vehicles in Europe, Asia and North America

Article by Anita Panait, on October 19, 2012

Ford Motor Co. is planning to sell, in large volumes, vehicles powered by the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine in Europe, Asia and North America. In May 2012, Ford announced that its engine plants in Cologne, Germany, and Craiova, Romania, will produce around 800,000 1.0-liter EcoBoost variants for vehicles to be sold in Europe through 2015.

By that time, Ford of Europe will have produced around 300,000 1.0-liter engines year. Ford has also announced plans to build the engine in India and China. Roland Ernst, Ford\'s chief program engineer for the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, listed some German components companies that supplied parts to the powerplant. The list included Robert Bosch, which produces the direct-injection system that improves fuel economy and enables the use of a stop-start system.

The list also has Eisenwerk Bruehl, which produces the cast-iron engine block that provides more rigidity and strength than an aluminum block. The block shuts off the coolant while letting the fluid go to the cylinder head during cold starts. SHW AG, on the other hand, produces the mechanical oil pump that controls oil pressure according to the engine load.

This allows lower oil pressure at low speeds, thus improving fuel economy. Ford’s parts supplier list also includes Continental. The parts company supplies the turbocharger, a low-inertia unit that reels up quickly to deliver power at low rpm. Continental designed the turbo to tolerate very high exhaust temperatures that could reach up to 1,030 Celsius.

Topics: ford, ecoboost, sales

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