Soon enough, Ford will offer its 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine under the hood of the Fiesta here in the United States, building on the success of the small powerplant overseas. In fact, this success has caused other automakers to take notice, and according to Automotive News Europe, Daimler is now talking to Ford about this engine for use in its own products.

In other markets, Ford offers the 1.0-liter mill under the hood of the Focus (we had the chance to sample this package on our home turf), as well as the B-Max MPV. For this new collaboration, Daimler would use the turbo-three in the next-generation Smart ForTwo, as well as the Renault Twingo, which the German automaker will be collaborating on as part of its alliance with Renault-Nissan. Speaking to AN, a Mercedes-Benz engineer called the 1.0-liter mill an "interesting and impressive engine."

In exchange for details about the EcoBoost inline-three, Daimler will supply Ford with information regarding its Euro6 stratified lean-burn gasoline engine, which is found in the new E-Class sedan.

This isn't the first time Ford has collaborated with Daimler and Renault-Nissan about powertrain development. Earlier this year, the companies said they would all work together on hydrogen fuel cell development, with a plan to introduce a hydrogen powertrain by 2017.


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      Kenny
      • 1 Year Ago
      that would be so sweet in a smart car!
      wonky donky.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Watch out Ford, not all partnerships with Daimler go well. :: cough Chrysler, cough::
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wonky donky.
        they are not partners in the small engines, but just exchange information, daimler will share their experience in the new stratified 4 cylinder and ford will share their's in the three pot eco boost.
        sparrk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wonky donky.
        Or not all partnerships with Chrysler go well...
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      3-Cylinder engines would be great for PHEVs.
      Stephen
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's amazing how the Great Recession really lit a fire under the domestics. And at the same time upsetting at some of the crap they were peddling prior to it. Good to see the home team competing globally again.
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stephen
        Im glad Ford is at the top too, but don't congratulate ourselves on this one. This was completely due to the Euro-market.
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rich
          Way to be positive...
      Mr. BaderĀ®
      • 1 Year Ago
      MB run away from ford
      Ian
      • 1 Year Ago
      The term \"Nonsense\" comes to mind! The only reason the people at Daimler are talking to ford is to discuss economies of production scale on their three cylinder engine. They certainly would have no need for using it in any of their products. Renault has a perfectly good range of NEW 3 cyl. engines out ( and coming) starting with the 898 cc. one in the New Clio. Nissan helped develop it, so it will be reliable.. This story is probably a \"blind\". Lets remember, people, just why Daimler are even \"courting\" Nissan/Renault ( in that order, thank you). They want Mr. Carlos Ghosn as their next Chairman, and to get him.........
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ian
        Apart from ford eco boost 1.0 and nissan 1.2 dig, not much small engine has DI, I think it mostly how to get the DI add to a smaller engine of 700 to 900 cc, small engine with DI is very complex and can cause knocking, if it is too lean and problem,and probably benz want to add their stratified tech on this small pot, but of course it need DI to achieve that.
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ian
        Yes, because the French (Renault) are known for engineering! :D
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      "according to Automotive News Europe, Daimler is now talking to Ford about this engine for use in its own products." this AB article needs to be more clearly Automotive news did not say such thing. here is the original article http://europe.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130524/ANE/130529959/daimler-strengthens-ford-ties-with-3-cylinder-engine-project#axzz2UEPtsk9z
      A P
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love articles like this that make the lemmings heads' explode! The euro-lickers just cant understand how an American company could possibly show anything to a German company.
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @A P
        People lick Euros? What do they taste like? A lot like dollars, I imagine.
        Tanooki2003
        • 1 Year Ago
        @A P
        It may be an american company, however it is the European Ford division that is designing the 3 cylinder engines, not america.
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @A P
        I lived in Germany and had a girlfriend. So I guess that makes me a euro licker.
      Filipe Da Costa
      • 1 Year Ago
      This does not sound realistic ... Nissan and Renault already have 3cylinder engines, why would they be interessed in Ford's engine? Renault's engine also equipe the new Dacia models ... And Smarty ForTwo prototypes have been spoted like a year ago.
        Ian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Filipe Da Costa
        I quite agree: Renault have a very new 898 cc three cyl. in the new Clio ( soon to be in the Meganne, too) and there is no reason for M-B to use Ford\'s. What Daimler CAN use is some of the technology and unit costing, and possibly some of the turbo tech. As it is, the Renault engine puts out 10 hp. less than the Ford in the current state of tune. The Euro press is saying the Smart will have a smaller engine ( possibly a twin), and maybe another small diesel. ( it currently has a 700cc. 3 cyl one available in some markets) You also have to remember one important fact: the ONLY reason there is any tie up between Nissan/Renault( in that order, thank you) and Daimler is that Daimler want Carlos Ghosn as their next Chairman, and in order to get him.......
        flynnhadskeath
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Filipe Da Costa
        Because Ford's 3 is better?
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @flynnhadskeath
          AND THIS REALLY MAKES ME MAD AND THISMIS WHY I WILLYELL WITH ANNOYING ALL CAPS. AND ANOTHER THING, PEOPLE WHO RIDE BUSES MAKE ME ANGEY. WHY DO THEY DO THIS, AND WHERE ARE THEYNGOING.
          Brian P
          • 1 Year Ago
          @flynnhadskeath
          As far as I can tell, the only thing the Ecoboost has over the Renault 0.9 tce is direct injection. The Renault engine might not have direct injection, but it has its own bag of tricks.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Filipe Da Costa
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        • 1 Year Ago
        @Filipe Da Costa
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        Joe Liebig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Filipe Da Costa
        True, but these engines aren't really good. The Ford engine, however, is really good. From Merc's perspective it makes sense, but it'd be interesting to know how Ghosn thinks about this.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe Liebig
          it make no sense renault have their own new tce 1.2 turbo and the tce 900cc three pot engine and nissan have their own supercharge 1.2 three pot that put out almost the same power. as the ford 1.0 three pot eco booost.
          Filipe Da Costa
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe Liebig
          Maybe Ford's engine is better ... I'm ok with that ... and Daimler may use the Ecoboost on some cars. But it will NOT be the Smart ForTwo co-developed with Renault and Renault/Nissan will NEVER use Ford's engines. The Smart will also be the platform for the next Twingo, one of Renaults most sold cars. Why would they use Ford's Ecoboost if they have the 0.9 ramping up in production for most of the Renault's cars ...
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Filipe Da Costa
        Its far cheaper to "piggy back" onto another company, thats the long and short of it.
      mylz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am surprised companies are still interested in downsizing engines. In all honesty these tiny engines are not delivering the mpgs as promised. The enignes are having to work their tiny butts off and getting the mpgs similar or worse than the larger counter parts. Along with the fact they can barely pull its pokey self out of the way. The average consumer needs to be enlightened with the fact that sometimes small engines just do not work. You have 4bangers getting the mid 30s when V6s can easily achieve that mileage. Our 2012 Impala easily gets 30. I would rather take this versus some compact that can only manage 40mpgs on a good day
        DeathKnoT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mylz
        mpg is mostly affected by driving style. The way i know people with new cars drive, they need to change how they drive by a HUGE amount and they will see much increased mpg.
        edward.stallings
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mylz
        Mileage is related closer to the weight and drag on the car than it is to engine size in normal driving. The smaller engine's main benefits are from reduced weight, which is minor.
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @edward.stallings
          The main benefits are reduced reciprocating mass which can be huge. Having one less piston, one less connecting rod, a shorter crankshaft, etc. makes a huge difference. Road and Track recently got 35 MPG in a Fiesta with this engine while "beating the snot out of it".
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mylz
        You accept that an Impala gets 30mpg "easily" and a smaller engined-car can get 40mpg, but you don't think that's worthwhile? Hmm...
      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      It'd be great if there was a company that made only engines. Strictly engines, pour hundreds of trillions of dollars of R&D into making the best engines of all, that last two hundred million billion miles, have lots of horsepowers, and get about eleventeen hundred mpgs. Then all the manufacturers should use those shared engines.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jebibudala
        Someone already made those engines. They worked so well, the oil companies bought them up, killed the inventor, and hid the plans away in a secret vault. -sarc.
          edward.stallings
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Grendal
          Along with the free energy generators. Power companies don't want you to know this weird trick -lol!
        Pookie64
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jebibudala
        You had me until the "hundreds of trillions"; me thinks it's either sarcasm or a failure in understanding magnitude of the term.
        sparrk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jebibudala
        @ jebibudala, No. We need competition, that is what drives innovation. The more engine options we have, the better it is for consumers.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Triumph has been using a 3 cylinder mill in their motorcycles for years--and those engines are brilliant. Just over 1L (1,050cc), they have a lot of pep for a bike and they're fun as hell to ride. Diamler would be better off talking to Triumph over Ford--and it would save them travel money--but who am I to question their course management?
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