It appears that the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine developed by Ford is getting more and more popular as one in five all-new vehicles sold in Europe in the first half of 2014 are equipped with the mentioned powerplant. According to Ford, compared to the first six months of 2013 it sold 15 percent more vehicles equipped with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine.
In the first half of 2014, 47 percent of the B-Max models sold were equipped with the 1.0-liter engine. Meanwhile, in the same period, 33 percent of Focus sales and 30 percent of Fiesta sales left the dealerships with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.
For those who don’t know, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is available on the Ford Fiesta, EcoSport, C-Max and Grand C-Max, Tourneo Connect, Grand Tourneo Connect, Transit Connect and Transit Courier. The engine was available in two power versions, delivering 100 hp and 125 hp, but recently Ford introduced the Fiesta Red Edition and Fiesta Black Edition models, which use the same engine delivering 140 hp.
On the Fiesta Red and Black editions, the 1.0-liter engine is able to push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9 seconds, while offering a top speed of 125 mph or 210 km/h and a fuel consumption of 4.5 l/100 km (62.8 mpg) which translates into 104 g/km of CO2.
Back in June Ford’s engine was named the 2014 International Engine of the Year due to its drivability, performance, economy, refinement and technology.
“Customers are clearly enjoying the benefits from a small engine that offers great fuel efficiency with no compromise to refinement or performance,” said Barb Samardzich, chief operating officer, Ford of Europe. “The range of models offering the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will rise to 11 when the all-new Mondeo is launched in the coming months, and the new 140 PS version in the Fiesta Red Edition and Black Edition shows there is even more potential.”
Ford is confident that the new Mondeo will be able to compete better in the European mid-sized segment as the vehicle is underpinned by its new global CD4 platform that was also develop to underpin vehicles from Lincoln. Ford's global CD4 platform will also underpin the new S-Max and Galaxy minivans, and the Edge large SUV as well as the Lincoln MKX.
Ford will commence rolling out the Mondeo in Europe at the end of 2014, taking head on rivals such as against Volkswagen Passat and the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia. Sales of mid-sized cars in Europe have been on a slump as customers prefer those offered by German luxury brands and crossovers.