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Derrick Kuzak, Ford Group Vice President of Global Product Development, has confirmed that the Dearborn automaker will offer turbocharged EcoBoost powertrains in 90 percent of its vehicles here in the United States by 2013. This journey for (nearly) full-line forced-induction started with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 found in the Taurus, Flex and F-150, as well as the Lincoln MKS and MKT. Next, we'll be seeing a 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four under the hood of the Edge and Explorer, and now, Ford has confirmed development of a 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine.

This 1.0-liter, inline-three will be the smallest engine in Ford's portfolio, and it will find its way under the hood of vehicles across the globe. No specific output or fuel economy numbers have been divulged just yet, but Joe Bakaj, Ford's Vice President of Global Powertrain Engineering, says that the 1.0-liter triple will provide similar power to the automaker's 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four, while improving fuel economy. When asked, Bakaj tells us that the fuel economy improvements will be similar in percentage to those with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 compared to a naturally aspirated V8.

Ford says it plans to announce more information about the 1.0-liter engine at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, including exactly what vehicles will be powered by this mill. Since Ford is benchmarking its 1.6-liter engine here – the powerplant used in the Fiesta – we'd expect that this EcoBoost three almost certainly slot into Ford's smallest offering here in the States.

The Blue Oval has also confirmed that it is working on an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission, which is being designed, engineered and built by Ford in-house. Bakaj states that the eight-speed automatic will offer "best-in-class" shift smoothness and responsiveness.

Follow the jump for Ford's official press release.
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Ford Adds New Fuel-Saving 1.0-Liter EcoBoost Engine and Eight-Speed Transmission to Powertrain Lineup

Newest EcoBoost™ engine, Ford's first three-cylinder, to be launched globally in Ford small cars

New engine will deliver performance of a larger four-cylinder with even higher fuel economy

Ford announces first eight-speed automatic transmission for future vehicles

The first Ford-designed, Ford-engineered and Ford-built hybrid transmission begins production late this year; Ford expects to be largest domestic producer of hybrid transmissions by next spring

DEARBORN, Mich., June 2, 2011 – Ford is expanding its industry-leading range of fuel-efficient powertrains in North America with the addition of a new 1.0-liter EcoBoost™ three-cylinder – the smallest engine Ford has ever built – and an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission.

In addition, Ford's next generation of hybrid vehicles, including a new plug-in hybrid that will launch next year, will have a Ford-engineered transmission that will be built in Michigan.

The arrival of the latest member of the EcoBoost family, Ford's first eight-speed automatic and its new hybrid transmission will further strengthen the company's lineup of fuel-efficient vehicles. Today, Ford Motor Company has 12 vehicles that lead their sales segments in fuel economy and four vehicles that deliver at least 40 mpg, a lineup no other automaker can match.

"In the last five years, we have made a record investment in new powertrains and fuel-saving technologies," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development. "Today, we have the freshest powertrain lineup in the industry. And there is plenty more coming."

1.0-liter EcoBoost: Ford's smallest engine yet
Engineers at Ford's Dunton Technical Centre in the U.K. began designing the new EcoBoost 1.0-liter engine long before the current spike in fuel prices pushed the cost of a gallon of gas over $4. Their goal: To design a technically advanced, super-efficient three-cylinder engine that delivers the same performance as a four-cylinder, but with much higher fuel economy and lower emissions.

To do that, engineers at Dunton, Ford's global center of excellence for small-capacity engines, focused on improving thermal efficiency and reducing friction of the engine's internal moving parts, especially during warm-up. That's when an engine emits higher levels of CO2 and other pollutants. The new engine introduces many new technologies that could someday be part of the DNA of future Ford engines, said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of Global Powertrain Engineering.

The new three-cylinder engine will be available globally in the company's small cars. It will also play an important role in North America.

"Consumers are telling us they want to buy affordable vehicles that get many more miles per gallon," said Kuzak. "Our new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will give consumers looking for hybrid-like fuel economy a new, more affordable choice."

Final calibrations of the new EcoBoost 1.0-liter are under way. Kuzak said the new engine will deliver horsepower and torque outputs equivalent to or better than most normally aspirated 1.6-liter gasoline engines.

"The 1.0-liter engine is a little dynamo," Kuzak said.

Technology powerhouse
Bakaj said the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost might be small in size, but it's big on advanced technology.

The 1.0-liter engine features:

An offset crankshaft that helps improve fuel economy
An advanced, Ford-designed split cooling system that allows the cylinder block to warm up before the cylinder head. Faster cylinder block warm-ups save fuel, especially in cold weather
An exhaust manifold cast into the cylinder head. The one-piece assembly lowers the temperature of the exhaust gases. This enables the engine to run in a wider rpm band with the optimum fuel-to-air ratio. The new design also saves weight and allows the engine to operate more smoothly
EcoBoost technologies, such as turbocharging, direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT)
"No one's ever built a three-cylinder engine quite like this. Not only is it one of the most technically advanced and efficient engines we've ever designed, but it will introduce a number of new technologies to the Ford engine lineup," said Bakaj.

For comparison, the newest member of Ford's global EcoBoost engine family has about the same displacement as a cruiser motorcycle. Ford has never built a regular production car engine with fewer than four cylinders.

"Drivers are going to like the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine for many of the same reasons the EcoBoost F-150 is such a big hit," said Bakaj. "It will deliver great low-speed responsiveness, power, torque and smoothness."

First seen in the Ford Start concept car that debuted at Beijing in 2010, the engine more recently made its European debut in the Ford B-MAX at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. More technical and application details for the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will be released in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.

Ford's EcoBoost commitment
Ford is on track to deliver on its promise in 2006 of offering EcoBoost on 90 percent of its North American lineup by 2013 and to be producing 1.5 million EcoBoost engines globally. The next vehicles to get EcoBoost engines, Edge and Explorer, arrive late this summer.

"With our global family of EcoBoost engines, we've replaced V8s with V6s and V6s with four-cylinders – with no loss of performance and with impressive fuel economy improvements," Kuzak said. "The new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will come in at the lower end of the global range and will take the place of a four-cylinder engine, again with no loss of performance or refinement. Above all, drivers win because this new engine is specifically designed and engineered for terrific fuel economy."

Two new Ford transmissions
This year, Ford offers more automatic, manual or dual-clutch automatic six-speed transmissions across its lineup than any other full-line automaker. From the subcompact Fiesta to the industrial-strength F-Series Super Duty pickup, 100 percent of Ford's lineup of cars, trucks, SUVs and CUVs feature fuel-saving six-speed transmissions.

Like the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, advanced technology will be a key feature of the new Ford-designed, Ford-engineered and Ford-built eight-speed automatic currently under development, Bakaj said. "The new gearbox will be the first with a number of advanced new technologies that will provide faster, smoother and more positive shifts," he said.

The eight-speed transmission will feature:

Ford's next-generation clutch controls
An input torque sensor, which measures torque coming into the transmission. The sensor enables faster selection of the proper gear, reduces hunting and helps smooth out shifts
Actuators built into the case for tighter, more precise control of hydraulic pressure
Closed-loop control
More details on production and applications will be released at a later date.

In-house hybrid transmission
Another new Ford transmission, to be installed in hybrid vehicles, starts production late this year at Van Dyke Transmission Plant in suburban Detroit. Full volume production is slated for the first quarter of 2012.

By next spring, Ford expects to be manufacturing more hybrid transmissions in North America than any other automaker or supplier. The new transmission replaces a unit currently made in Japan that is used today in Ford and Lincoln hybrids.

As with the new eight-speed, the new hybrid transmission is Ford-designed, Ford-engineered and Ford-built. It's an e-CVT or electronic continuously variable transmission. The new hybrid transmission will offer improved performance over the current unit. The current Ford Fusion Hybrid can reach a top speed of 47 mph on electricity and go as far as one mile.

Within the last year, Ford has invested $135 million to design, engineer and manufacture key components for its expanding lineup of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles. The investment not only brings in-house battery and hybrid transmission production, it also has created at least 220 jobs in Michigan.

Ford is on track to launch five electrified vehicles in the U.S. by 2012 and in Europe by 2013.

"It's absolutely essential for Ford to further develop its core competencies in engineering electrified powertrains," Kuzak said. "With this new Ford-built hybrid transmission, and assembly of battery packs at our Rawsonville plant, Ford will be positioned well to meet the quality and performance requirements of future electric and hybrid vehicles."

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Now this is forward thinking. I've heard that properly designed 3-cylinders are quite fun to drive and rev. I'm sure a new Ford Ecoboost 3 would be a great alternative to a regular 4-cylinder. They supposedly sound much like a six cylinder.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmmm, 1.0L 3cyl turbo...Swift Turbo FTW!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking at how "powerful" the four-cylinders are getting, I've been waiting for news of renewed interest in the three-cylinders.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet it'll still be fun to drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well that will put them in line with BMW and their 3 cyl FWDs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Hyundai 29/40 is seriously over estimated - Motor trend did shoot out between 8 small cars and it averaged some of the lowest. - 25mpg was average. The Civic "rated at 25/38 highway AVERAGED the best at 29 mpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meanwhile over at Honda and Toyota you can get a decade old engine, bland styling, and feel confident nobody will give you a second look when you drive your appliance around town.
      • 4 Years Ago
      1.0L EcoBoost + eight-speed transmission + Ford Fiesta = suck that, hybrids. The '12 Honda Civic is more efficient than the Ford Focus in its most efficient guise, so Honda knows how to make efficient compacts without fancy parts or turbocharging. So with efficiency, look towards Honda.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They also make their cars with less torque...so what's your point?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looking at the most recent Motor Trend, I think Honda's "keep it simple" approach seems to be working. Above average performance with much better real world fuel economy than of all the other gasoline cars in the test. All with far less mechanical complexity (and far less to go wrong). I may not be the biggest Honda fan, but I'll give them credit. http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/1107_best_selling_compact_sedan_comparison/civic_ex_and_elantra_limited_specs.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      I own a Fiesta and have not found any issue with the car in a year's driving - mine was among the first in Chicago. With a little care, I have been getting more than 30 mpg in city and suburban driving without any difficulty. The 1 liter turbo would be interesting - the 1.6 and the current 6 sp auto are quite nice themselves. It is particularly nice to not have to worry about gas costs as they seesaw up and down and to get decent expressway performance as well. Those who haven't driven one of these, tend to knock them the most.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed with comment about people who knock them. Many look at it and immediately think "econobox". when you drive one you find how roomy it really is and how well appointed it is as well. When I drove one it didn't feel like I was driving a little car like it did w hen I drove an Aveo. The Fiesta feels very substantial given its size yet is very maneuverable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I easily get 28 in the same conditions while thrashing a 2000 ZX2 5-speed (souped up Escort). I would expect more from a smaller, lighter and newer car.
          • 4 Years Ago
          I don't think the fiesta is actually lighter (it's like 2600 pounds). It can also be T-boned by an SUV without you dying, unlike the ZX2.
        • 4 Years Ago
        mehulkamdar: Good to hear!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The return of slow greenie maniac. We finally return to an age when the journey isn't as important as "fuel economy".
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's only sort of slow. I mean, 0-60 in 9 to 10 seconds is OK. My last car was that slow, and I griped about it, but it really only mattered a few times a year. If gas is going to march up to $4 and $5 (and up), I'm willing to trade back down to that 9 or 10 second time. Especially if the car handles well in the twisties (as all of Fords recent small cars have).
        • 4 Years Ago
        So long as it gets to 80 and has an iPod interface, I think the journey will be just fine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How is the journey important when you're racing from stoplight to stoplight? Relax, open the windows, stop for a cool drink on the way and enjoy the scenery for a change...
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is getting to be the opposite extreme! Why extremes? Can't we have Muscle Cars for the weekend cruising and econoboxes for the weekly grind, be it EU or US!?? What are we going to be driving next the VW Lawnmover?? Does it come in "green"! I mean come on, the same folks that are mandating CAFE laws in the US and most of the automotive legislation are driving Euro Luxury vehicles and exotics, and these are the same people that didnt give a hoot about the environment when they were younger! The pendulum does swing, but cant we have the golden middle at least!??
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