19.9.2013Ford builds 2 millionth EcoBoost engine
Ford has celebrated a manufacturing milestone for its fuel-saving EcoBoost engines with two million having been produced globally since the 2009 launch of the engine line.
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 per 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," said Joe Bakaj, vice president of Powertrain Engineering at Ford. "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 powered by the two millionth production 2.0-litre EcoBoost unit has rolled off the line at Ford's Louisville assembly line, in the US.
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% better fuel economy than larger displacement petrol engines.
Ford's global EcoBoost engine family now includes the 1.0-litre three-cylinder; the 1.5-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines; and the powerful and efficient 3.5-litre V6. EcoBoost will be offered on nearly 80% of the company's global models by the end of 2013.
In Europe, exceptional demand for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is fuelling a doubling of production capacity at the Cologne engine plant to more than 1,000 engines a day.
Already available on five European models, the 1.0-litre engine will be fitted to a total of 11 by 2014. The three-cylinder unit is being chosen by a growing share of customers during 2013, accounting for 43% of B-MAX sales, 32% of Focus sales, 26% of Fiesta sales and 24% for C-MAX and Grand C-MAX sales.
In North America, 90% of Ford Escape models are equipped with EcoBoost engines, 50% of Fusion customers select one of three available EcoBoost models and 42% of F-150 trucks are purchased with the 3.5-litre EcoBoost. This year, EcoBoost will be available on more than 90% of North American nameplates, rising to 95% by 2015.
To meet demand for the award-winning 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine, Ford is investing nearly $200 million to build the engine at its Cleveland, Ohio, engine plant, with production starting in 2014.
These figures clarify that there is a strong global interest in engines that offer high performance statistics as well as high efficiency and low CO2 emissions. This is exactly what Ford's EcoBoost engine has been designed to do, and high volume sales reflect their success in achieving their aims.