• Jul 24, 2009
Ford FG Falcon G-Series - Click above for image gallery

Ford made news this week when it officially announced its four-cylinder EcoBoost engine; an engine that promises V6 performance with four-banger efficiency. The company's twin-turbo technology is expected to infiltrate almost every part of its lineup within the next few years, and it'll be available just about everywhere on earth, including Australia.

To that end, Ford has just announced that it will be adding the 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine to Australia's Falcon lineup. The new engine will give Australian customers a more fuel efficient option in the popular sedan, while also packing nearly the same punch as the V6-powered Holden Commodore. Ford says the Falcon will be the first rear-drive vehicle to receive an EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which means the Mustang won't receive the 2.0-liter turbo until late 2011 at the earliest (and possibly never).

Ford is investing $230 million overall to improve the efficiency of its Australian lineup, with the EcoBoost 2.0-liter, a 2.7-liter diesel unit for its Territory crossover, and a new LPG engine for its fleet offerings. The Australian government is pitching in, too, as they are giving Ford $42 million as part of the nation's Green Car Innovation Fund. Local Victoria government officials are also pitching in an unspecified amount of money, helping ease costs for the Blue Oval.

Ford has also announced that it will not build the next-generation Focus in Australia, opting instead to import the popular small car from Thailand. Ford Australia was planning to build 45,000 Focuses a year, with 15,000 units destined for export. Ford says no jobs will be affected by the change of plans. Hit the jump to review the company's officla press release.



[Source: Ford, Drive]

PRESS RELEASE:

FORD AUSTRALIA INVESTS $230 MILLION IN NEW FUEL-EFFICIENT ENGINES FOR LOCALLY PRODUCED VEHICLES

* Ford Australia builds on its fuel economy leadership by adding three new, fuel-efficient engines as part of $230 million investment in sustainability initiatives. These initiatives add to Ford's previously announced investment in engineering its I6 engine for Euro IV by mid-2010.
* Ford continues global roll-out of EcoBoost by adding an all-new 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine to the Falcon range in 2011, the biggest environmental transformation in Falcon's fifty-year history.
* Ford is also introducing an advanced liquid injection LPG system for the Falcon and a clean diesel 2.7L turbocharged V6 engine for Territory.
* Ford ends plans to build Focus in Australia due to changing global economic conditions. No job losses are expected as a result of the decision.

MELBOURNE, Australia, July 24, 2009 – Ford Australia announced today it is investing $230 million to improve the fuel efficiency and environmental impact of its Australian-made models, including the first global application of Ford's advanced 2.0-litre 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine in a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the Ford Falcon.

This continues the global roll-out of EcoBoost, the new technology from Ford that provides consumers with an affordable engine that delivers up to 20 per cent better fuel economy and 15 per cent fewer CO2 emissions.
Ford Australia is taking two other steps, in addition to EcoBoost, to offer consumers more choices for vehicles with better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions:

* In 2010, Ford will introduce an advanced liquid-injection LPG system for the Ford Falcon, providing customers with the most advanced LPG technology on the market and making the Falcon even more attractive to private, taxi and fleet markets.
* The Ford Territory, the only Australian-made SUV, will receive a clean diesel version of Ford's 2.7-litre turbocharged V6 engine, giving buyers the choice of an engine which improves fuel economy and reduces greenhouse gases.

Today's announcement is supported by assistance from the Australian Government's Green Car Innovation Fund and the Victorian State Government. It is in addition to Ford's previous investment to engineer the company's locally manufactured I6 engine for compliance with Euro IV emission standards.

Starting in 2011, the iconic Falcon, one of the largest-selling brands in automotive history and the first Australian-made car to be awarded a 5-star ANCAP rating, will become one of the greenest family cars in Australia with EcoBoost. Slated for a range of global vehicles – from small cars to large trucks – EcoBoost uses petrol turbocharged direct-injection technology to deliver improved fuel efficiency, emissions and driving performance versus larger displacement engines.

As the first rear-wheel drive car from Ford to receive the 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder EcoBoost, Falcon is benefiting from the One Ford strategy of accelerating products that customers want and value – and then making those products available on a global basis.

"Today's announcements put Ford Australia in a strong position for profitable growth in today's auto industry," said Marin Burela, President & CEO of Ford Australia. "We are ensuring our core Falcon and Territory vehicles will have the most advanced, high-tech and cleanest engines possible. At the same time, this represents the biggest environmental transformation in the fifty-year history of Ford Falcon by giving buyers the newest engine in the Ford Motor Company stable.

"Falcon customers will now have the choice of either the continually popular I6 engine, which will be Euro IV compliant, or one of the first global applications of Ford's EcoBoost, 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engines, while in a similar timeframe Territory customers will be able to access Ford's world-class clean diesel engine technology," Burela continued.

Ford Australia also announced that as a result of changing global economic conditions, the company has ended plans to manufacture the Ford Focus in Australia. After assessing the global requirements and costs of producing the next Focus in Australia, Ford determined that the changing economic conditions meant it could not make a business case for profitably manufacturing the car at its operations outside of Melbourne.

Ford's new strategy allows the company to economically source small cars for the Australian market from overseas locations, while investing in leading-edge technologies to serve its core Falcon and Territory customers. The decision to not make the Focus in Australia will not result in any job losses.

"Although difficult, this is the right decision for Ford Australia," said Burela. "Ford Australia has a strong commitment to manufacturing in this country built on ongoing support from employees, customers, dealers, suppliers and government. Our investments today demonstrate not only our commitment to address climate change – but to bringing leading edge technologies to the Australian market.

"Ford is fully committed to working towards fuel economy leadership in every segment in which we compete, across local and imported vehicles. In fact, later this year we will introduce the most fuel-efficient vehicle in Australia when we launch the Fiesta ECOnetic, which will be more economical than hybrids at only 3.7L/100km," said Burela.

These significant projects add to a continued program of ongoing investment by Ford in the Australian market, including:

* More than $500 million investment in the current FG Falcon range of vehicles.
* Leading design and engineering work on Ford's next generation compact pickup truck, which will eventually be sold in more than 100 countries.
* More than $80 million invested at the Lara Proving Ground, including building the largest environmental wind tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere.
* $21 million investment in ongoing production of the company's iconic I6 engine, which will become Euro IV compliant in mid-2010.

"Ford is the only local manufacturer to increase market share in Australia over the past year. Last month, we reinstated two non-production days back into the production schedule as a result of rising demands. In June, Falcon Ute sales were their best since June 2006, the Falcon XR had its best monthly sales on record, and demand for the new-look Territory has exceeded our expectations" said Burela.

About EcoBoost
The EcoBoost program is part of Ford's ongoing and wide-ranging global initiative to deliver fuel-efficient powertrain systems with the power and performance found in larger-displacement engines. EcoBoost will be offered on Ford vehicles throughout the world. On sale now in select Ford vehicles in North America, more than 90 per cent of Ford's North American nameplates will be available with EcoBoost by 2013.

The key to the EcoBoost system is the harmony between the turbochargers and direct-injection fuel system. The turbochargers recover energy from the exhaust that otherwise would have been wasted and put it back in the engine to gain efficiency. Simply, the turbocharging system puts more air into the engine for more power. A compressor increases or "boosts" the pressure of the air entering the engine. An intercooler reduces the air temperature before it enters the engine.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 63 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      I got all excited thinking Ford was bringing a decent car to the states. Instead we get the bloated, truck size Taurus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @matthew: How many customers care about that? (And is there AWD Falcon?) I mean when considering things that really do matter for average customer is there something that Fusion makes worse than Falcon?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Yaroukh: Plenty of people in Australia care at least. A major part of why the Toyota Aurion hasn't been a hit like Toyota thought in Australia is because its FWD. The Mitsubishi Magna was FWD and was cancelled years ago. But I think the Falcon is more around the Taurus size than the Fusion
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hmmm, what sort of other examples would you like, then? Most customers wouldn't care for 400hp engines, but they'd notice that it's a smoother, torquier engine than the V6 in Fusion. Also, Falcon uses the German built ZF 6 speed auto. The same family as BMW uses and Falcon is constantly being given props by journalists on the difference to Commodore's GM built 6 speed.

        Given a back to back test, anyone would be able to feel the difference between a FWD and RWD car.

        I'm not saying there's anything wrong with the Fusion, but if you're looking for examples on why it's better, they're definitely out there? Or are you just arguing because Fusion is a domestic and Falcon isn't?
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know I have always resisted American cars ever since my dad owned an 86 Escort wagon but now that Ford is making some sexier products with good technology that doesn't evoke the image of steaming at the side of the road I think I could give them another shot. The new engines that promise performance at economy level gas consumption are a big seller. New Focus SVT please!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Basically a lot of Falcons are used by taxis and the police so I am guessing the taxi drivers will love the 4cyl Ecoboost Falcon - will it be on LPG? or will the taxi drivers stick to the improved I6 LPG motor that will come out soon? The police with stick to the I6 or V8
      • 5 Years Ago
      I actually prefer the V6 G6E that I hired in Melbourne two months ago. More or less of the new 2010 Taurus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You should have looked under the hood. These is no such thing as a V6 Falcon. 4.0 litre inline "6". NA and Turbo. Either vavariant is magnificent.

        The image doesn't do the car justice. They look good in the flesh.
        • 5 Years Ago
        speedbrds, the Falcon actually runs a 4L straight six engine. One of the last of the awesome I6 breed.

        Yaroukh, the falcon actually looks better in real life than the photos.
      • 5 Years Ago
      4cyl RWD Falcon. Good idea.

      4cyl Mustang??? FAIL!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well the 4cyl mustang would produce more hp and get better mpg then the current 6cyl. Not sure how that's fail. But I would imagine Ford is looking for a little more hp in their base mustang to compete with GM's 300+ in the camaro.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Car looks nice. Where are the mpg figures, did I miss them?

      This is the first time Ford has put an EcoBoost in a car where it actually has a chance of being somewhat "eco", by virtue of not being the most powerful engine available in the chassis. And it's really ballsy to drop a 4-banger in a full-size car. But where are the mpg figures to show it's really doing what it's supposed to do?
        • 5 Years Ago
        With the latest tweaks, the I6 Falcon with ZF auto gets 9.9L/100kms. Not sure about the latest Turbo & V8 figures, but my 2008 Turbo gets 11.2L/100kms
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe Ford should replace the aging Panther cars like the Crown Vic etc with the Falcon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What I can't understand is this emissions BS. Sure, it requires some more engineering but I have my doubts as to how with access to all of ford's global engine design data and regular engine redesigns, that this thing actually is any dirtier...

      To achieve that you would either have to be world class lazy, or world class inept.

      WHICH IS IT FORD?

      Pull your fingers out, give it DI and a ecoboost/twinforce turbo setup, or really pull your finger out and change it to a supercharged millercycle motor. Build it LHD and just put it out there with a mercury face as a Mercury only halo car. What have you got to lose? Please do it. Hell, sell the G6 as a Volvo and XR as Mercury.

      Grey
      • 5 Years Ago
      there is no chance of the falcon being all wheel drive.
      it defeats the fuel economy, they all use more fuel in all wheel drive.

      I bet that it will be front wheel drive real soon....
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      The interior materials are good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OR

      an EcoBoost Mustang might have the EcoBoost V6, not the I4.

      A turbo I4, even direct injected, would be hard-pressed to motivate a big, somewhat heavy car, and stay off boost long enough to get decent mileage.

      It would either be anemic, and fuel efficient, or fast, and thirsty.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have a turbo 4 sedan, and it weighs less than 3700lbs, curb weight just under 3500, and has more than 250lb-ft of torque with a stage 2 tune, probably closer to 280

        But that torque is not available from idle, nor from throttle tip-in. My 3600lb coupe with a 3.3 H6 is smoother, easier, more calm, and with *normal* throttle use, comes away from a stop with more ease and authority than my 2.5 turbo. Get a bit aggressive with the turbo's throttle, though, and the H6 doesn't stand any chance whatsoever, BUT the fuel tank will need to be refilled sooner. No free lunches. No free launches, either.

        It is either a low-compression 4-cylinder behavior, or it is taking off like a rocket. No doubt the car can move, similarly an ecoBoost 4, a GM turbo 4, or a VW/Audi turbo 4.

        A DFI engine will have a bit more torque, by being able to run a bit better static compression ratio, but still...

        The engine still has a distinct behavior between on-boost, and off-boost. The more mass a car has, the more likely it will need power to move that mass. The more power needed, means the more revs, and boost pressure, and thus FUEL it needs to make that power.

        A good V6 is not so two-faced, and is a smoother engine to drive, and a less complex engine to maintain.

        a 280hp good V6 will drive more smoothly and be just as fast, possibly even a sliver faster than a 280hp inline 4, and will be mechanically simpler while doing it.

        The Turbo will "feel" faster by not being as smooth, and being more aggressive in power delivery when on-boost, and the turbo engine will be easier to tune for more power, unless the given figure is all that the engine can safely offer.

        The 6-cylinder will be easier to drive normally, less imperative to rev, but still quite revvable, unlike a diesel, and normal useage cycle will depend less on higher revs, and fuel useage. It will also tend to run a little less "pig rich" depending on how safe the fuel map is programmed to play the injector cycles, to prevent lean burn, and detonation.

        Choosing between a fire-breathing, fuel-chugging, tire-smoking turbo 4, and a nice, sophisticated 6-cylinder with direct injection and variable valve timing, or even BMW or Infiniti's variable valve lift systems... it would be a hard choice, and it would come down to the intended role of the car.

        For a falcon, a touring car, more cylinders make more sense.

        For mustang, which already has a V8 performance option, and the V6 is the economy model, the 6-cylinder makes more sense, there, too, where a Turbo 4 is going to be less smooth to drive, and probably not quite as fuel efficient because of the engine's power curve characteristics, and having to dig into the throttle more often.

        The turbo 4, or even a turbo 6 makes more sense in a sport package of a car that doesn't otherwise want to offer a big V8 engine instead.

        Turbo engines, even with DFI are an alternative to displacement, but expecting performance out of either one is going to throw fuel economy out the window the other direction.
        • 5 Years Ago
        boxerfan, DI makes all the difference

        actually is the DI, VVT and turbo all combined. under normal driving, these engines feel like larger engines except they get better mileage
        • 5 Years Ago
        My '09 Audi A4 2.0T might beg to differ. I read your comment, and looked up the specs, and even gave the benefit of the doubt:

        2010 Mustang V6 5M: Curb Weight = 3401 lbs.
        2009 Audi A4 2.0T 6A: Curb Weight = 3715 lbs.

        Before I bought this car, I would have said the same, but with 253 ft-lbs on tap (versus 221 in my previous V6 A4), my heavier-than-a-Mustang car has no problem getting out of its own way. Yeah, when I step on it, I get V6 mileage, but that's my own fault. When I drive like a civilized member of society, I do get pretty good mileage, and don't feel like the performance is anemic.

        I know the thought of a 4-pot in a pony car rubs a lot of people the wrong way. But my experience with the A4 has shown me that it doesn't necessarily have to be a choice between bad mileage or bad performance. Give EB a chance before it's panned!
        • 5 Years Ago
        wrong

        peak torque from 1500-5000 rpm

        it will move the Falcon, it will work just fine in the mustang
        • 5 Years Ago
        "an EcoBoost Mustang might have the EcoBoost V6, not the I4."

        wouldn't make sense. The power output would overlap with the V8, or worse as the Mustang's stronger drivetrain would let them use the 3.5 liter EB to its full potential.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the new Mustang and for me it would very attractive with the new 4-cylinder, however Bill Ford likes to let his company drown in it's own political BS!
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, it takes a long time to get the engineering done a new engine family with a new set of technologies. Further, it takes just as long, if not longer, to run adequate testing, to make sure that the parts will hold up to several years and hundreds of thousands of miles worth of use and abuse.

        So, give it a rest on the "just bring it, too much political bs" crap.

        Engineering takes time. You'd know this if you were, in fact, an engineer.
    • Load More Comments