Fuel saving boosts manufacture
Ford Motor Company celebrated a manufacturing milestone for its fuel-saving EcoBoost engines: Two million have been produced globally since Ford launched EcoBoost in 2009.
Growing customer demand for EcoBoost-powered vehicles in Ford’s major markets worldwide is driving engine production, with output now averaging more than 100 000 engines/month, up from 65 000 in 2012.
‘‘ Ford EcoBoost delivers great performance with lower fuel bills, a recipe which is proving incredibly popular with consumers around the world,’’ Ford Powertrain Engineering vice president Joe Bakaj said.
‘‘EcoBoost engines are attracting new customers to the Ford brand every day, and our plants are working hard to keep up with demand.’’ A Ford Escape, The Ford Kuga’s US twin, was fitted with the two millionth production EcoBoost unit and rolled off the line at Ford’s Louisville, Kentucky assembly line. EcoBoost technology combines smaller overall size with turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing to bring customers outstanding performance and fuel economy.
Ford EcoBoost engines deliver up to 15 per cent better fuel economy than larger displacement petrol engines.
EcoBoost will be offered on 70 per cent of the company’s nameplates in Australia by the end of 2017.
In Asia Pacific, sales of EcoBoost vehicles through August are up 202 per cent in 2013, including a 189 per cent rise in China.
Ford plans to offer the fuel- efficient engine in 20 vehicles in the region by mid-decade, a fivefold increase from 2012.
In Australia, 63 per cent of Ford Kuga buyers are choosing the 1.6 litre EcoBoost engine.
EcoBoost engines are already offered in Falcon, Mondeo, Ford Kuga, Focus ST, Fiesta ST and will soon be joined by the International Engine of the Year for 2013, the 1.0 litre EcoBoost in Fiesta and EcoSport.
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EcoBoost engines are already offered in Falcon, Mondeo, Ford Kuga (pictured), Focus ST and Fiesta ST