Ford Builds Its 2 Millionth EcoBoost Engine
Posted on 19 Sep 2013
2013 has been a great year for Ford, and its EcoBoost engine in particular. Back in June, the small but powerful 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine was crowned the best engine on the market at the International Engine Awards – the second time in as many years that Ford has walked away with the honour. Equally as pleasing as the award was the fact that the panel of 87 journalists from 35 different countries gave the EcoBoost the highest overall score in the history of the revered awards. Just three months on from those awards and Ford has announced more great news – the company has reached the milestone of 2 million EcoBoost engines built.
100,000 a month
The two millionth car using the EcoBoost engine was a 2.0-litre Ford Escape SUV, which rolled of the production line in Louisville, Kentucky, on September 10, Ford said in a press release published by autoblog.com.
That now means an incredible 100,000 EcoBoost engines are being produced globally by Ford every month. What makes the feat even more impressive is that fact that Ford did not enter the fuel-efficient engine game until 2009!
Ford have set themselves a target of producing 1.2 million engines for 2013, and the company’s plant in Cologne, Germany, is currently making 1,000 engines every day. Production is also being ramped up in North America – one of the company’s most successful markets – with a reported $200 million investment in the 2.0-litre version of the EcoBoost.
Great performance, low fuel bills
The EcoBoost has been a remarkable success in markets across the world. In Europe, 39 per cent of Ford vehicles sold use the engine, while 90 per cent of North American Escape buyers opt for EcoBoost and 95 per cent of buyers in Asian choose the EcoBoost version of the Escape’s sister model, the Kuga. Available at jenningsmotorgroup.co.uk, visit any of our showrooms to find out more.
“Ford EcoBoost delivers great performance with lower fuel bills, a recipe which is proving incredibly popular with consumers around the world,” said Ford’s vice president of Powertrain Engineering, Joe Bakaj in a press release. “EcoBoost engines are attracting new customers to the Ford brand every day, and our plants are working hard to keep up with demand.”
Ford’s EcoBoost engines offer up to 20 per cent better efficiency than larger displacement petrol engines, and with fuel costs and environmental consciousness on the rise, consumers are naturally interested.
Ford now has a global family of EcoBoost engines, which include the 1.0-litre three-cylinder; the four-cylinder 1.5-litre, 1.6-litre, and 2.0-litre engines; and the 3.5-litre V6. There is also the crossover EcoSport 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, which has been a great success in the Indian market.
Ford said it expects EcoBoost to be offered on almost 80 per cent of company nameplates by the end of 2013.
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