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.

While Ford had the new generation of the Focus developed in Europe, this new car is being sold in over 120 markets around the world, with around 80 percent of common parts. This is thanks to the fact that the next-generation Focus is underpinned by the carmaker’s new global C-segment platform, which is bound to underpin at least 10 new vehicles globally, accounting for approximately two million units of yearly production by 2012.

According to Kuzak, Ford’s presentation of the three core Focus body styles represents a new key milestone in the carmaker’s global C-car strategy. This strategy embarks on the start of production of the new Focus, which will be done simultaneously in the carmaker’s Saarlouis and Michigan assembly sites. This strategy will be further realized when Ford delivers at least 10 new derivatives from the C-segment platform.

Ford also confirmed in Paris that the new generation of the Ford Focus would have a three-door or a Coupe-Cabriolet derivative. Kuzak quipped that the sleek, coupe-like design of the Focus five-door hatchback meant that there would be three-door version. He noted that the Focus range is designed to deliver a perfect blend of dynamic and sporty as well as day-to-day practicality. Kuzak added that for Ford customers seeking the same dynamic looks as the Focus but want some extra space, they could consider the new Ford C-Max, which is also underpinned by the same platform.

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Topics: ford, ecoboost, sales

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