Published: 16 Oct 2012

Ford’s international award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is attracting customers to Jennings Ford’s Gateshead, Stockton and Middlesbrough dealerships.

The small, high-tech, three-cylinder engine which was launched to widespread acclaim this year in the Ford Focus in Europe was named 2012 “International Engine of the Year” and also received an award for “Best New Engine” and “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” in the awards presented by Engine Technology International magazine.

The awards were based on votes cast by 76 journalists from 35 countries around the world.

Barry Fearon, sales manager at Jennings Ford's Eslington Park branch in Gateshead, said; “We are delighted to be able to offer the new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in the Ford Focus model, which is a smoother, quieter, more eager, more powerful and a more economical option for customers.”

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost uses low-inertia turbos to deliver power quickly when the throttle is opened from low RPM and delivers high power at turbine speeds of up to 248,000 RPM. Additional 1.0-litre EcoBoost innovations include:

• An exhaust manifold, cast into the cylinder head, lowers the temperature of exhaust gases to enable the optimum fuel-to-air ration across a wider rev band

• A unique cast iron block warms the engine more quickly than a conventional aluminium block to cut by 50 per cent the amount of “warm-up” energy required and cut fuel consumption

• Two main engine drive belts are immersed in oil to deliver a quieter, more efficient engine

• Offsetting the engine configuration by deliberately “unbalancing” the flywheel and pulley instead of adding energy-draining balancer shafts.

Development of the award-winning engine, which is small enough to fit on an A4 sheet of paper, was led by the UK’s Dunton Technical Centre in Essex, with assistance from other Ford European technical centres. The engine is built in Ford’s plants in Craiova, Romania and Cologne, Germany.

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine debuted this year on the Ford Focus in Europe and is also offered in the Ford C-MAX and Ford B-MAX models. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost will be made available in Ford models in the US and in Asia Pacific and Africa next year.

The new Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost 100PS model on display at Jennings Ford’s Gateshead, Stockton and Middlesbrough dealerships and delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency of 58.9mpg and C02 emissions of 109g/km. The 125PS model returns 56.5mpg* with C02 emissions of 114g/km.

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford in Gateshead contact 0191 4607464, Stockton on 01642 632200 or Middlesbrough on 01642 240055.

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