Ford Launches New Fuel-Efficient 1.5-Liter EcoBoost Engine; Boosts Company's
Global EcoBoost Capacity
DEARBORN, Mich., April 11, 2013
DEARBORN, Mich., April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
oFord announces new fuel-efficient 1.5-liter EcoBoost^® engine, extends
successful EcoBoost lineup to meet global demand for four-cylinder
oFord now has capacity to build 1.6 million EcoBoost engines annually,
triples number of plants that produce EcoBoost engines in Europe, Asia and
North America from 2010 to 2013
o1.5-liter EcoBoost offers trademark EcoBoost turbocharging, direct fuel
injection and variable valve timing; delivers power of a larger engine
with smaller unit economy
oFifth Ford EcoBoost engine delivers new innovations, and significant
consumer benefits in global markets offering tax reductions for vehicles
equipped with engines of 1.5-liter capacity or less
Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F)today announces a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost^® engine
will join its lineup of fuel-efficient, innovative powertrains. The 1.5-liter
engine is a key strategic entry for Ford, as the company works to meet strong
global demand for its four-cylinder EcoBoost engines.
With the launch of this newest fuel-efficient engine, Ford now has capacity to
build 1.6 million EcoBoost engines annually. By the end of 2013, six plants
across Europe, Asia and North America will be producing EcoBoost engines,
triple the number that were doing so in 2010.
Production of the four-cylinder 1.5-liter EcoBoost – the fifth member of the
EcoBoost family – will commence initially at Ford's world-class facility in
Craiova, Romania, later this month. Other manufacturing locations will be
announced in the future. The new engine will be first introduced in China in
the all-new Ford Mondeo, making its public debut later this month at Auto
Shanghai 2013, with applications following in the Fusion sedan in North
America this year, and later the new Mondeo in Europe.
As a key contributor to Ford's aggressive fuel economy and emissions strategy,
EcoBoost technologies enable improvements to both fuel efficiency of 20
percent and emissions of up to 15 percent. The 1.5-liter engine benefits from
signature EcoBoost turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve
timing, and has been designed to be even more fuel efficient and offer high
levels of refinement, quietness and performance.
Additionally, the newest EcoBoost engine will be a strategic entry for Ford in
global markets that offer tax relief to consumers who purchase vehicles
powered by engines of 1.5-liter capacity or less.
The new aluminum-block, twin-cam 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine will include some
of the innovative features introduced on the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost
such as an integrated exhaust manifold. The new engine is expected to provide
similar horsepower and torque performance to Ford's current 1.6-liter
EcoBoost, while delivering improved fuel economy and lower CO emissions.
The 1.5-liter EcoBoost is the first engine from Ford to incorporate a
computer-controlled clutch on the belt-drive water pump, which further
improves efficiencies by reducing warm-up time. A water-cooled charge air
cooler is added to offer a more efficient feed of air into the engine.
"Ford EcoBoost technology has changed the way people look at gas engines and
has enjoyed huge success with customers," said Joe Bakaj, vice president,
powertrain engineering for Ford. "The new 1.5-liter unit further extends our
EcoBoost promise of economical driving in terms of both fuel efficiency and –
in some markets – tax savings."
Ford has sold more than 600,000 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles globally since the
range was launched with the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost in 2009. Ford added the
2.0-liter EcoBoost in 2010, the 1.6-liter EcoBoost followed in 2011, and last
year the 1.0-liter EcoBoost was launched, winning the 2012 "International
Engine of the Year" award.
By the end of this year, nearly 80 percent of the company's global nameplates
will be available with fuel-saving EcoBoost technology.
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 171,000 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.
Ford Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand
vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 47,000 employees
at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 69,000 people when joint
ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor
Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division
and 24 manufacturing facilities (15 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture
facilities and nine unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford
cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was
founded. European production started in 1911.
SOURCE Ford Motor Company
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