Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine hasn't been around that long, but it sounds like the engine is getting to be fairly popular in the automaker's global car lineup. The Detroit News is reporting that Ford has add a second shift that will allow its German engine plant to double daily output from 500 engines to 1,000.

The increased capacity is part of a plan to sell more than 300,000 vehicles a year with this engine in Europe by 2015. Europe is currently the only market where the smallest of the EcoBoost engines is offered (including in the Focus pictured above), but US-spec Fiesta models will be getting this mill for 2014.

Three-cylinder engines are expected to continue to grow in popularity in coming years with the report indicating that global production of these engines will double by 2018 to 9.8 million units. General Motors, BMW and Mitsubishi are all expected to introduce three-cylinder engines in the near term, as well.


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      matt j
      • 1 Year Ago
      Crazy idea, a small pickup truck the size of a fiesta with this engine called the f-50
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @matt j
        I would like that. I'd like a refreshed version of the Brazilian Ford Courier with this engine. (I'd also be happy with the standard Ford Courier if it were sold here in the US...but sadly it's not.)
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @matt j
        That would be great as long as it's not in the US market. If you "need" a truck that small, you can more than likely get by without having a truck at all.
      JB
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Europe is currently the only market where the smallest of the EcoBoost engines is offered " I think Ford customers in China, India, South Africa and several other places that aren't Europe would beg to differ.
      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh man, I hope the Fiesta is released soon in the states. Hypermilers are already obtaining 50+mpgs fairly easily overseas. That's not bad considering it doesn't have that expensive complex hybrid drivetrain that the Prius has.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jebibudala
        My wife has a 2012 Focus with the N/A 2.0 and shes no hyper miler but typically sees an average of 35-38mpg. With that being said, I imagine for her commute the 1.0 EB would return even better results.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope I never have the 'pleasure' of driving one.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teleny411
        Why? Different strokes for different folks. I personally like power myself too. Doesn't mean everyone else does.
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      New for Ford, old news for us Geo Owners, sometimes good things come full circle!
      EJD1984
      • 1 Year Ago
      Boy that engine look so tiny in there.
        BipDBo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @EJD1984
        Better to get you arms around during maintenance and repair.
          Jesse Gurr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BipDBo
          Dean, I think Bip just meant that it would be easier to work on for normal things like a belt to replace or a starter to test, not necessarily that it is problem prone.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BipDBo
          seriously, please state any issues?...
          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BipDBo
          Dean, what?
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why not just make half as many 2.0 liter engines?
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      1.0L? who buys such a small displacement engine? Look people, if you want to save money on gas, change your driving style not your car. My 2.4L can easily do 41 MPG highway and 32 on city if I STICK TO THE SPEED LIMIT.
        Sorten Borten
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        Driving style helps in all cars. What kind of car do you own?
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        Feel free to stick to the speed limit, just make sure to stay in the right lane. Also, there are markets outside of the US, you know. While people here may think it's a small displacement engine, other markets have always offered many more engine options for a specific car, lots of them much smaller than most cars here have.
      charles
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmmm. Must be having lots of warranty issues.
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bolt this up to a full time gen & a minimal batt bank, no mechanical connection.
      tinted up
      • 1 Year Ago
      Okay, three cylinder applications... Fiesta, check. Mitsubishi cars, check. BMW, check... wait wtf BMW?!?!?
      Willy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even w a small engine, there's still no room inside a modern engine bay! How is it physically possible?
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Willy
        To be fair there is a turbo there, once you remove the big plastic cover and disconnect or push the cables tubing out the way it has enough room.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Willy
        These cars are extremely easy to work on (if you know what you're doing). That is a very bad angle to try and get an idea of space from.
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