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.
Brand-new Ford Escape conveys the flexibility and cargo capacity SUV clients demand of a sports-inspired design they covet.
Escape's energetic great looks was certainly intentional. Ford needed to make the impression of an athlete like a sprinter or swimmer in the new body - straight down to the defined muscles that demonstrate motion and vitality.
The all-new SUV will be sold as the Ford Escape in North America and will be unveiled later wearing a Kuga badge in many markets globally.
Function takes after form as the smoother design takes into consideration cargo volume that exceeds that of the outgoing Ford Escape - with 68.1 cubic feet of space behind the first row and 34.3 cubic feet behind the second row. The all-new Kuga will be marginally longer than the present model, increasing baggage space.
Escape's seats, Ford's most recent, lose weight while increasing client convenience. The seat structure has lost almost 3 pounds while the seats themselves have added greater functionality - two-way control recline and two-way control lumbar support. These are in addition to the well-known six-way flexibility.