Ford's 2.0-Liter EcoBoost Engine Wins Second Consecutive Ward's 10 Best Engines Trophy; GT500 Engine Also Honored

   Ford's 2.0-Liter EcoBoost Engine Wins Second Consecutive Ward's 10 Best
                  Engines Trophy; GT500 Engine Also Honored

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DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 12, 2012

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  oPowerful, fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected
    EcoBoost^® engine wins for exceptional performance in Ford Taurus and
    Focus ST
  oShelby GT500 5.8-liter V8 –the world's highest-horsepower regular
    production V8 engine – also a winner
  oNo competitor has won more 10 Best Engines awards than Ford in the last
    five years
  oAn EcoBoost engine has won a 10 Best Engines trophy every year since
    launch

Ford Motor Company's fuel efficient 2.0-liter EcoBoost^® four-cylinder engine
is one of two Ford engines this year to win a highly coveted 10 Best Engines
trophy from the editors of WardsAuto World.

The 662-horsepower 5.8-liter V8 – the world's most powerful production V8
engine – in the 2013 Shelby GT500 has also won a 10 Best Engines trophy.

Each fall, Ward's editors evaluate the latest powertrains from the world's
automakers in rigorous testing to determine which engines deliver the best
blend of performance, value, fuel efficiency and refinement.

Ford has won eight 10 Best Engines awards in the last five years – more than
any other domestic automaker and tied with Germany's BMW for most wins.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected engine, produced in Valencia,
Spain, is Ford's global workhorse EcoBoost engine, powering everything from
the rear-wheel-drive Falcon sedan in Australia to vans in Europe and the
high-performance Focus ST. Last year, the 2.0-liter won a 10 Best Engines
award in the Ford Edge crossover.

"The EcoBoost Taurus and Focus ST really show just how versatile and capable
the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine is," said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of
Powertrain Engineering.

"The Focus ST is the first performance application for EcoBoost, and it really
delivers the goods," he added. "The 2.0-liter EcoBoost in the Taurus replaces
a V6 and delivers great all-around performance, along with best-in-class 32
mpg on the highway."

In the Focus ST, the 2.0-liter cranks out 252 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of
torque. Magazine reviews have shown Focus 0-60 mph acceleration in the
mid-six-second range. In Taurus, the 2.0-liter engine has a completely
different demeanor. It is exceptionally smooth and quiet and provides
outstanding performance and best-in-class large car fuel economy at 32 mpg
highway.

"There are lots of 2.0-liter turbocharged engines out there now," said Drew
Winter, editor in chief of WardsAuto World magazine. "What impresses us most
this year is EcoBoost's versatility. It is very entertaining as a performance
car engine in the Focus ST. But what really amazes us is that it also is a
perfect match for the two-ton Taurus family sedan. Even loaded down with
passengers, the engine delivers all the power needed and better fuel economy
than a V6."

The 5.8-liter V8 engine in the Shelby GT500 impressed Ward's staff not just
with its incredible 662 horsepower, but also its efficiency. The GT500 is not
subject to a gas guzzler tax, and is rated at 15 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.

"Very few engines deliver the balance of power and fuel efficiency the
5.8-liter does," said Jamal Hameedi, GT500 chief nameplate engineer. "The team
spent countless hours dyno testing, tweaking and calibrating to make sure this
engine would deliver the high-level power and performance Shelby customers
expect. But they also took into account the reality of today's volatile fuel
prices. All SVT engineers are very proud of the GT500, its engine, and the
responsible fuel efficiency it delivers."

Added Winter: "The 5.8-liter V8 in the Shelby GT500 is the world's most
powerful production V8 engine, yet it is so efficient at squeezing power from
every drop of gasoline that there is no gas guzzler tax. It actually delivers
better fuel economy than many engines with a fraction of the horsepower. Plus
it squeaks in under our $55,000 price cap. That's pretty incredible."

Since launch in summer 2009, Ford has sold more than 520,000 EcoBoost-equipped
vehicles globally. Ford's global family of EcoBoost engines consists of the
award-winning 1.0-liter three-cylinder (coming to North America next year in
the 2014 Fiesta); the 1.6-liter available in Escape and Fusion; the
2.0-literavailable in Focus ST, Fusion, Taurus, Edge and Explorer; and the
3.5-liter V6 in the Taurus SHO, an engine also available in the F-150, Flex
and Lincoln vehicles.

EcoBoost combines downsizing with turbocharging, direct fuel injection and
variable valve timing. Ford holds more than 125 patents for its EcoBoost
technologies. This year's 10 Best Engines award is the third for an EcoBoost
engine. Last year, the 2.0-liter in the Edge won, while the 3.5-liter in the
Taurus SHO won in 2010.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company(NYSE: F), 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

Website: http://www.ford.com
Contact: Richard Truett, +1-313-323-7045, rtruett1@ford.com
 
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