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Ford says its 1.6-liter EcoBoost delivers the best of both worlds – "performance combined with lower emissions." We won't argue against that. No doubt, the 1.6-liter gasser is an impressive mill. Apparently, Ford is so thrilled with the versatility of its tiny four banger that it says 1.3 million of these engines will power at least six of its vehicles within the next three years.

Demand for the 1.6-liter EcoBoost is soaring, according to Ford. That's why the automaker has announced that its Bridgen Engine Plant in the UK is working at full tilt to pump out the four-cylinder mill.

Despite its relatively small capacity, the 1.6-liter EcoBoost powers the Ford Focus from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 7.9 seconds, while returning near best-in-class fuel efficiency. The 1.6-liter's impressive performance, combined with its fuel-sipping status, has led Ford to tag the engine a "hero" for the automaker.



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Ford's 1.6-litre EcoBoost 'Hero' Engine In Huge Demand

Ford's 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine already sold to more than 50,000 customers since late 2010 launch

Versatile engine available in six Ford cars, from Focus to Galaxy

EcoBoost technology delivers best of both worlds – better performance combined with lower
emissions

BRENTWOOD, UK, June 29, 2011 – Since the introduction of the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine in late 2010, Ford's Bridgend Engine Plant in the UK has been working flat out to meet customer demand. Available in the new Focus, Mondeo, C-MAX, Grand C-MAX, S-MAX and Galaxy, the versatile 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine has been a huge success thanks to its impressive performance, excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.

That's why Ford is already celebrating building 50,000 of the engines at Bridgend.

"Demand for the EcoBoost engine is at record levels and the plant is fully focused on increasing capacity to ensure we can support the ever-growing customer demand," says Kieran Cahill, Bridgend Plant Manager.

The Ford-built and designed engine can rightly claim to be a 'hero' engine for the company –offering customers a winning combination of performance and economy, and the versatility to power cars as different as the Focus and the Galaxy.

Despite its relatively small capacity, the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine delivers impressive performance. The Focus can reach 100km/h (62mph) from a standstill in 7.9 seconds, achieve a top speed of 222km/h (138mph) and return an excellent combined fuel consumption of 6l/100km (47.1mpg) – helped by Auto-Start-Stop, which is standard fit on all Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX 1.6-litre EcoBoost models.

Even in the larger Ford Galaxy, the 160PS engine achieves a combined 7.2l/100km (39.2mpg) while still reaching 100km/h in less than 10 seconds.

The low CO2 emissions are a key feature of the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine, achieved by some clever innovations such as Ford Auto-Start-Stop and the Active Grille Shutter.

Additional help comes from its state-of-the-art engine management system that monitors the Ti-VCT variable valve timing system, turbo boost, electronic throttle position, ignition timing, fuel injector pressure and delivery, and the knock sensor at a stunning rate of one million times per second.

With CO2 levels from 139g/km in the new Focus and 149g/km in the Mondeo, the 1.6-litre EcoBoost proves to be very affordable to run while still delivering a great drive – in short, more power and less fuel consumption.

"Ford EcoBoost engines actually provide customers with many of the benefits offered by the latest diesels, including impressive torque at low engine speeds and reduced CO2 emissions," says Graham Hoare, executive director Powertrain Development, Ford of Europe. "At the same time, these engines retain the free-revving driving character and cost advantage of a petrol unit – effectively giving customers the best of both worlds."

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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 166,000 employees and about 70 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's products, please visit www.fordmotorcompany.com.

Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 51 individual markets and employs approximately 66,000 employees. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford of Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 22 manufacturing facilities, including joint ventures. The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.


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      bricko
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Focus ST will have the Turbo version with 247 hp. Should be a fun addition to the line. Ive heard they may put a version in the F150 also. They already have the TWIN Turbo V6 version with 365 hp in the F150. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_EcoBoost_engine
        Rotation
        • 4 Years Ago
        @bricko
        Focus ST uses a 5-cylinder turbo, not this 1.6L 4-cylinder turbo.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 4 Years Ago
      who says an EV produces more greenhouse gas in production? chevron? american petroleum institute? if done right it produces less.
      AM2
      • 4 Years Ago
      The all-new Focus ST will use a 247hp 2.0 liter 4-cylinder Ecoboost. The old Volvo 5-cylinder Turbo's will be replaced by EcoBoost engines, even in new and upcoming Volvos. Volvo rebadges the 4-cylinder EcoBoost engines as GTDi engines.
      uncle_sam
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ecoboost is good but plug-in or ev is better. this engine would be a nice range extender. think about it ford.
      postpast
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will it be reliable, and can it be fixed by someone who doesn't wear a white smock. Only time will tell
      nickcdtmn
      • 4 Years Ago
      here is the link to the fuel economy group test : http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/carreviews/grouptests/252796/the_results.html to me the absolute star has to be the bmw as it manages 74 mpg imperial yet has 160 hp and a six speed manual. it is 18 mpg better in this test then a fiat 500 diesel ! so kind of supports what we are both saying about smaller engined cars .............................
      Smith Jim
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who will be the first automotive manufacturer to combine direct injection, Atkinson cycle and hybrid electric drive? It's just a matter of time but who will be first?
        GeorgeS
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Smith Jim
        Toyota. but why does it take so long?? maybe it doesn't work as well on Atkinson-Miller cycle or most likely it's a cost thing.
        vwfailsagain
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Smith Jim
        You don't understand how DI works. DI uses a mechanical fuel pump that runs off the one of the cams to create the insane pressure needed. This doesn't lend itself well to lots of start/stop cycles. Thats why everybody still uses port injection on hybrids. DI on a hybrid is pointless and inefficient.
          Smith Jim
          • 4 Years Ago
          @vwfailsagain
          You are correct. I'm no expert on direct injection engines. However, t I have read on Greencarcongress.com that Mazda has just introduced it's Skyactiv 1.3 liter DI engine in the 2012 Demio and it has, "...An updated version of Mazda’s idling stop system, i-stop, operates with a higher frequency, requires less fuel to restart, and achieves a smoother restart..." Here is a link to the article. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/06/demio-20110611.html
      Andrew Richard Rose
      • 4 Years Ago
      currently renting a new Ford Fiesta in Spain , the car has a 1.6 liter diesel engine and can get nowhere near the cars claimed 4.6 L/100km ( 51 mpg US )even employing hypermiling , rolling down hills etc . The cars fuel use is currently 6.0L/100km (39 mpg US ) . I have noticed this disparity with many of the Fords I have rented here in europe .
        tantareanujellob
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Andrew Richard Rose
        Diesel is old dead technology.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Andrew Richard Rose
        Are you sure that the numbers aren't in imperial gallons? That would be about the difference in 50 mpg to 39.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 4 Years Ago
      but it's not green. just slightly less black. these measures will at best make the world fossil fuel consumption constant at the enormous rate it is at now. a level that will be catastrophically unsustainable in a couple of years. but the sheeple think this is great. it's 'green'. yeah right
        Smith Jim
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Dan, your heart seems to be in the right place but I disagree with people who think EVs are the ONLY solution. Keep in mind that EVs create more greenhouse gases during manufacturing but make up for it in the long run. Toyota is working on engines for it's next generation of hybrids that will have thermal efficiency of about 44 percent. Toyota says that the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of such a hybrid will be comparable to an EV.
      Spec
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yep . . . and it would be impossible to build an EV today if not for ICE. ICE engines power all the trucks & ships that bring source materials to EV factories. We are just at the beginning of a transformation, so we can't ignore continued improvements in ICE systems.
      Peter
      • 4 Years Ago
      SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 148 @ 5700 SAE Net Torque @ RPM 177 @ 1600 CO2 rating (g/km) 139 vs the only engine we get in a Focus SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 160 @ 6500 SAE Net Torque @ RPM 146 @ 4450 CO2 rating (g/km) calculated 218 yup Ford the "Global car" that you sell the same of around the world is missing a few parts again sigh
        bscmth
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Peter
        It take time to ramp up a new engine Peter. You just don't go from zero to millions overnight. You will certainly see this engine going global.
        AM2
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Peter
        The 2.0 liter Ti-VCT GDI engine found in the Australian 2012 Focus. Power: 125 kW (168 hp) @ 6600 rpm Torque: 202 Nm (149 ft-lb) @ 4450 rpm
      GeorgeS
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice motor. Do you suppose it can top 36% cycle efficiency of the Prius engine.???? No one knows since we will never have a real honest 1 on 1 comparison. but I bet it is at least as good or better. But not even close to a GE CCNG plant at 60 %.
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