Like almost every other automaker these days, Ford is having a tough time in Europe right now, and here in the States, its per-share stock price is lagging, but that isn't stopping the automaker from exceeding some of its goals. The Detroit Free Press reports that sales of the company's EcoBoost turbocharged and direct-injected engines are going beyond expectations. The Blue Oval's signature powerplants have made it to a wide variety of Ford and Lincoln products, from larger vehicles like the Explorer, Taurus and MKT to smaller models like the new Escape and Focus ST.

In fact, Ford is reportedly on track to sell 1.6 million of these forced-induction vehicles in 2013 – a full 100,000 units more than it had previously estimated.

The smaller, more efficient EcoBoost powerplants will make the Ford lineup more efficient and a program to cut down the amount of platforms the automaker uses globally is helping to trim costs. Ford product development chief Raj Nair claims that the automaker is on track to clip its platforms from 22 in 2011 to 10 by 2017. The move should save Ford hundreds of millions of dollars as platform costs drop as scale increases.


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      jebibudala
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yep, I'm waiting for the Fiesta 1.0L Ecoboost to hit the states. Hurry up Ford!
        mylz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jebibudala
        you would be an idiot to buy that...
          XJ Yamaha
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mylz
          You're an idiot for calling him an idiot simply for having a personal preference.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mylz
          Yeah, you would have to be an absolute idiot to buy that. That stupid three cylinder matches the output of the NA four cylinder, has more torque, but gets much better mileage. What an idiot!!! /sarcasm Autoblog, home of the uninformed.
          Drakkon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mylz
          asses are like opinions, but that doesn't mean you have to be one.
      Spartan
      • 2 Years Ago
      LOVE my EB F-150. Quieter and more powerful than the V8 option and tows our travel trailer like a boss.
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spartan
        I drove a friends 2012 King Ranch EB with the electronic 3.73 rear end.......what an ass kicking engine! It is truly amazing when on boost.....if you keep your foot out of the turbo then it has the chance to get better MPGs as well......but you have to stay out of the turbo for that to happen.
        mylz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spartan
        LOL if you used your truck more often you would have the mind set to realize that a Turbo V6 will not cut it longer term. Just wait till the repair bills start to come in when that engine gets a few years and miles on it
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mylz
          and exactly how doyou back that statement up?.....turbos have been utilized in drivetrains for DECADES...its a pretty well proven technology....
          jtav2002
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mylz
          LOL if you weren't a troll you might not have the mind set to hate on something you know nothing about.
          Drakkon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mylz
          Let us not forget that when we get Amurikan nonsense like THIS, these are the same guys that think noise equals power out of a TURBO Diesel one-ton. oddly, when it comes to hauling a boat at 95 in the left lane, turbos are cool. When it comes to driving a turbo because most of the time you're truck is empty, you're some leftist sissy who should drive a prius.
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice work Ford! I don't have one yet but that's only because the 2013 Fusion isn't available yet! Heh heh!
      lasertekk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Speaking of total units moved, Where's By the Numbers for June 2012?
      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford needs to move to 8 and 9-speed transmissions which would help increase fuel efficiency and acceleration times!
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want to see it in the 2013 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ next (with AWD of course), mustang too please.
      mkM3
      • 2 Years Ago
      They could drive those numbers even higher if they replace the naturally aspirated 2.0L in the Focus and Transit Connect with the 1.6L Ecoboost, eliminate the naturally aspirated 2.5L in the 2013 Escape and Fusion in favor of the 1.6L Ecoboost already on offer for those models, and also replace the naturally aspirated 1.6L in the Fiesta with the new 1.0L 3 cylinder Ecoboost. The only thing left (other than the N/A V8s which should stick around as long as they possibly can, and the Atkinson engine in the hybrids) is to build a ~2.8L V6 Ecoboost to replace the 3.5L N/A V6 in all FWD applications (RWD excepted, for now anyway).
      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford really needs to up their displacement-to-power ratio. If Subaru and Mitsubishi can build a turbo 2.0 which has 300 hp, Ford really has no excuse to be making one which has only 230. The 1.6 turbo should be making that much.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        It makes 247...and those motors are inefficient a have narrow power bands.
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Wow...talk about NO understanding of the how and why of engine tuning and placement in different products.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Excuse? They're more than capable of. The cars you mention are also AWD. Don't really need 300hp in these FWD applications. You act like they're incapable of doing so. As with any engine, tuned differently for different applications. They could bump up the hp if the application dictated.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      And to add........this news is proof that there are A LOT of stupid people out there. Easily brainwashed by very transparent and non factual ads. But hey.....if people want to waste their money on a highly complicated engine that costs more to buy/maintain/repair and drinks fuel at a rate equal or HIGHER than a proper V8....so be it. These are the same people that put our "president" in office...
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Hmmm... let's think about this one. GM has EcoTec turbo engines, Chrysler still makes MDS V8s, Audi has recently added Supercharged V6s, BMW offers twin turbo engines, Mercedes makes bi-turbo engines, Hyundai and Kia have a 2.0T engine. Ford has taken high-quality, 150,000 mile-rated Honeywell turbos and incorporated them with direct injection to their best and most bulletproof engines (the 3.5 and 2.0 have made Ward's best engines list numerous times). Once again Ford is leading the way with the newest technology and it's paying them huge dividends (and paying their shareholders dividends as well).
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        ladies and gentlemen, I give you That Guy the protector and savior of pushrod V8's! You act as if having a choice is a bad thing. I for on would love an turbo charged engine so that just getting a tune should net you a decent increase in power when for your N/A V8 you would need to toss a decent amount more money to see those kinda power bumps.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Am i the only one who wishes Ford chose a better engine name for it's F-150 than "EcoBoost"? It sounds like it belongs in a prius more than a truck. Tritan, Hemi, Duramax, those are truck names, but Ecoboost? c'mon.
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Don't get me wrong i thnk the twin turbocharged V6 direct injected engine is awesome, but not as an "ecoboost"
          F-150Soul
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ryan
          I think they should have left the TwinForce name for the truck/SUV moniker
      avanti
      • 2 Years Ago
      I absolutely love the Ecoboost engine in my 2012 Lincoln MKT. Pushing 355 hp it's silky smooth and quiet. And the power band at freeway speeds is awesome. It's like a rocket ship lined in scottish leather. The "hot rod" lincoln is back! My only complaint is I spend more time looking out for cops :)
        Scott Carpenter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @avanti
        You are one of the few intelligent souls that see that the MKT is much more than a "Fancy Flex"...enjoy your ride.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @avanti
        The MKT is the return of the "Hot Rod Lincoln"? LOL, lord help us all if that's the case.
      CJ_S4
      • 2 Years Ago
      WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET AN EXPLORER SPORT DETAILED REVIEW???? I WANT 3.5 ECOBOOST #'S!!!!!
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CJ_S4
        My guess would be in the fall when Ford starts making them...
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