Ford Marks Milestone As 500,000th EcoBoost-Equipped Vehicle Rolls off Line in
DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 19, 2012
DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
oFord has sold 500,000-plus EcoBoost^®-powered vehicles globally since 2009
oEcoBoost sales in North America exceed 389,000 since launch
oFord to expand lineup bringing award-winning EcoBoost 1.0-liter
three-cylinder engine to U.S.
Ford's highly successful, fuel-efficient EcoBoost^® engine technology hit a
big milestone recently with its 500,000th engine being produced just three
years after its launch in 2009.
The 500,000th engine was fitted into a 2013 Ford Escape that rolled off the
line at Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant.
The milestone is another step in the One Ford plan to be the undisputed
industry fuel economy leader, with more segment fuel economy leaders than
Toyota or any other manufacturer. By the end of next month, customers will be
able to choose eight Ford-built vehicles that deliver 40 or more miles per
gallon — double the number available last year and more than any other
automaker. Ford also recently introduced the world's most fuel efficient
mid-size sedan with the Fusion hybrid, rated at 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway
and 47 mpg combined. The C-Max Hybrid is also rated at a combined 47 mpg,
which beats the Toyota Prius v.
When EcoBoost launches on Fusion in South America early next year, the
fuel-saving engine technology will be available in every region Ford serves.
In North America, EcoBoost sales make Ford the leader in gasoline turbo
direct-injected engines in its core high-volume passenger vehicles, such as
Escape, Fusion and F-150.
Ford's global EcoBoost engine family includes the award-winning 1.0-liter
three-cylinder, 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, and the
powerful 3.5-liter V6.
EcoBoost was introduced in July 2009 with the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine in
the 2010 Taurus SHO; 9,946 units were sold that year. 2010 saw EcoBoost sales
increase to 15,117, while last year Ford sold 127,683 EcoBoost-equipped
vehicles in the U.S.
By 2013, more than 90 percent of Ford's North American lineup will be
available with an EcoBoost engine. Today, Ford offers EcoBoost engines in 11
North American nameplates, with four more coming in 2013.
Engine control software the key
Ford's powertrains use hundreds of thousands of lines of computer code and
related parameters that are adjusted to optimize the engine and transmission
operation. It's these processes that largely make up the EcoBoost patent
contribution, and make Ford's use of direct injection and turbocharging of its
engines like no other automaker in the world.
Ford holds more than 125 patents on its EcoBoost engine technology, which uses
turbocharging, direct gasoline injection and variable valve timing to boost
fuel economy by about 20 percent without sacrificing performance.
Escape and Fusion sales get turbocharged
The Ford Fusion and Ford Escape exemplify the trend at Ford of putting the
technology to work in the most mainstream, high-volume vehicles. Fusion
production will go from 0 percent EcoBoost-equipped for model year 2012 to 60
percent turbocharged EcoBoost for 2013. The new Escape features two EcoBoost
engines, a 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter that will make up 90 percent of its
expected sales volume.
In Europe, EcoBoost is beginning to build momentum as well. Ford plans to
triple the production of its vehicles equipped with EcoBoost engines to
approximately 480,000 in 2015, from 141,000 last year. More than 300,000 of
that projected yearly output will be vehicles equipped with the new 1.0-liter
"With the sharp increase in EcoBoost production in the Fusion and Escape – on
top of the F-250 Super Duty Power Stroke^® diesel – Ford will have the
best-selling turbocharged sedan, SUV and pickup truck in North America," said
Robert Fascetti, director, Large Gas & Diesel Engine Engineering.
The limits for radical engine downsizing are undetermined. Ford plans on
continuing to offer EcoBoost engines globally, including some innovative
downsized engines. Ford has announced it will bring its award-winning EcoBoost
1.0-liter three-cylinder engine to North America next year.
After launching just this year, the Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost has already
achieved nearly 30 percent of European Focus sales.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn,
Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With
about 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive
brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services
through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its
products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.
SOURCE Ford Motor Company
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