Ford's EcoBoost engine lineup is only four years old, but it is growing into an important and popular global engine. As proof of its popularity, Ford just produced its 2 millionth EcoBoost engine – a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder – which rolled off the assembly line in Louisville, Kentucky under the hood of an Escape.

Ford now offers five EcoBoost engines around the world ranging from the 1.0-liter inline-three to the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6, and the automaker is expanding production of two of its engine lines to keep up with demand. Earlier this year, Ford announced that the 2.0-liter EcoBoost would be built in Cleveland, Ohio starting in 2014 and, more recently, Ford said that it will be doubling production of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost in Germany. That turbo-three will also be produced in China at a new Ford engine plant in Chongqing.

Scroll down for Ford's full press release on this EcoBoost production milestone, including a breakdown of where all the engines were made.
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Ford Builds Two Millionth EcoBoost Engine as Consumer Demand Grows in Markets Worldwide

-More than 100,000 EcoBoost engines now produced every month, with a target of 1.2 million for 2013, up more than 60 percent from 2012. For the first time, EcoBoost production expected to exceed Ford's global diesel-engine production

-Customer demand exceeds projections globally with 90 percent of Escape buyers in North America and 95 percent of Kuga buyers in Asia choosing EcoBoost; in diesel-centric Europe, 39 percent of Focus customers opt for EcoBoost

-Ford doubled Cologne, Germany, production of 1.0-liter EcoBoost to 1,000 engines per day, and is investing $200 million to build 2.0-liter EcoBoost in the U.S.

-Ford data shows North American consumers aware of EcoBoost are more likely to buy Ford vehicles than those unfamiliar with the engine technology; EcoBoost awareness also raising opinion of Ford among European, Asian consumers

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 16, 2013 – Ford Motor Company today celebrates a manufacturing milestone for its fuel-saving EcoBoost engines: Two million have been produced globally since Ford launched EcoBoost in 2009.

Growing customer demand for EcoBoost-powered vehicles in major markets worldwide is driving engine production higher. Factory output now averages more than 100,000 engines per month, up from 65,000 in 2012.

"Ford EcoBoost delivers great performance with lower fuel bills, a recipe that is proving incredibly popular with consumers around the world," said Joe Bakaj, vice president, powertrain engineering for Ford. "EcoBoost engines are attracting new customers to the Ford brand every day, and our plants are working hard to keep up with demand."

A Ford Escape powered by the two millionth production EcoBoost – a 2.0-liter unit – rolled off the line at Ford's Louisville, Ky.

EcoBoost technology combines smaller overall size with turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing to bring customers outstanding performance and fuel economy. Ford EcoBoost engines deliver up to 20 percent better fuel economy than larger-displacement gasoline engines.

Ford's global EcoBoost engine family now includes the 1.0-liter three-cylinder; 1.5-liter, 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines; and the powerful 3.5-liter V6. EcoBoost technology is available in every region Ford serves worldwide, and will be offered on approximately 80 percent of the company's global nameplates by the end of this year.

Better fuel efficiency - and lower fuel bills - are the top reasons for surging sales of optional EcoBoost engines. At today's gas prices, the EPA's fuel-economy website estimates an average annual fuel bill of $3,400 for a 2009 Ford F-150 2WD with a 5.4-liter V8 engine, but only $3,000 for a 2013 F-150 2WD with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. At this rate, a consumer would save an estimated $4,000 over a vehicle life of 10 years and 150,000 miles.

Working, saving... from farms to patrols
Businesses, too, are using EcoBoost-powered vehicles to cut fuel costs, while also tackling tough jobs. "The Ford EcoBoost engines provide an average mile and a half improvement over our V8-powered trucks at work," said Lyle Azevedo, fleet manager for Grimmway Farms in Bakersfield, Calif., which is a major grower of carrots and other crops. "With a 150,000-mile life cycle and with $3.50 a gallon gas, we're going to save over $300,000 on our fleet of 80 trucks over their lifetimes."

The New Mexico State Police was at first hesitant to shift from V8 engines to V6s with EcoBoost technology, said Lieutenant Tony Gonzalez, who manages the department's fleet of 60 Ford Police Interceptor sedans, 15 F-150 EcoBoost pickups and six Ford Fusion sedans equipped with EcoBoost engines.

"But we talked about the fuel economy and today we're looking at a 10 to 15 percent fuel economy improvement and would be getting even more fuel economy improvement if we could keep our foot out of them, but they're so fun to drive," said Gonzalez. "We spend $250,000 to $300,000 a month on fuel, so the savings to taxpayers really adds up."

Popularity, demand rising in North America
In North America, internal Ford data shows that the EcoBoost engine is now the most recognised fuel-efficient engine among consumers.

The popularity of EcoBoost in North America is reflected in high take rates on key models:
-90 percent of Ford Escape models are equipped with 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines
-50 percent of Fusion customers select one of three available EcoBoost models – the sedan is available with the 1.5-liter, 1.6-liter or 2.0-liter variants
-42 percent of F-150 trucks are purchased with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost.

This year, EcoBoost will be available on more than 90 percent of North American nameplates, rising to 95 percent by 2015.

To meet demand for the award-winning 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, Ford is investing nearly $200 million to build the engine at its Cleveland, Ohio, engine plant, with production starting in 2014.

European expansion
In Europe, Ford is doubling production capacity at its Cologne, Germany, engine plant to more than 1,000 engines a day. This move is in response to robust demand for the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which was named International Engine of the Year in 2012 and 2013 by a panel of auto journalists.

Already available on five European nameplates, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will be fitted to 11 models by 2014. The three-cylinder unit is being chosen by a growing share of customers this year, accounting for 43 percent of B-MAX sales, 32 percent of Focus sales, 26 percent of Fiesta sales; and 24 percent of C-MAX and Grand C-MAX sales.

EcoBoost powertrains also are driving high demand for the Fiesta ST, with the1.6-liter EcoBoost, and Focus ST, with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, while 18 percent of Kuga customers are choosing the 1.6-liter EcoBoost option in a segment that traditionally favors diesel engines. Nearly 40 percent more European customers are familiar with EcoBoost technology today compared to 2011, internal Ford data shows.

The Cologne plant also has begun production of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost for the North American market. The new 2014 Ford Fiesta – which goes on sale later this year – will be the first vehicle available in the United States with the 1.0-liter engine, and is expected to be certified as the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car available in the United States.

Growth in Asia Pacific
In Asia Pacific, sales of EcoBoost vehicles through August are up 202 percent year-over-year in 2013, including a 189-percent rise in China. Ford plans to offer the fuel-efficient engine in 20 vehicles in the region by mid-decade, a five-fold increase from 2012.

Ninety-five percent of Kuga buyers in Asia Pacific are choosing the1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, while 90 percent of Edge owners and 62 percent of Mondeo buyers are opting for the efficient engines.

Ford will soon begin production of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost at the $500 million Changan Ford engine plant in Chongqing, China, which opened in June.


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      Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just wait till some of those turbochargers start to fail after the car is out of warranty. Will be an expensive fix.
        The_Zachalope
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian
        Just like a transmission failure is expensive to fix out of warranty. Or a blown head gasket is expensive to fix out of warranty. Or a failed catalytic converter is expensive to fix out of warranty. Expensive repair bills can happen to any car. Just as food for thought though: the EcoBoost has been out since 2009, and a number of these cars are already out of warranty, and there haven't been any horror stories.
          Jake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The_Zachalope
          Wow. No one here gets sarcasm.
          Jake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The_Zachalope
          Well, if you like them so much, why don't you put one in an old mustang or something?
          marv.shocker
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The_Zachalope
          No horror stories, huh? Why don't you look up Escape EcoBoost recalls, or "3.5 EcoBoost fuel in oil" or "3.5 EcoBoost stalling". I think there's some Ford customers out there who might disagree with you...
        Beebe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian
        Turbos aren't necessarily going to fail before the engine itself. A well-built turbo on our farm equipment will often outlast the engine. We expect them to last 8,000 hours at least. Most of those hours in extremely dusty conditions with the engines running under maximum load much of the time. I'm not saying ford has a turbo comparably reliable, but they could if they built it right.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian
        Brian is right. We all love technology, but the turbocharger is one more thing that can and will break. If you want to go for long term durability, you best stick with port injection and naturally aspirated power, coupled to a not-too-many speeds transmission. In other words, the previous generation Corolla and Yaris.
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      a lot of idots out there. just wait till tehy realize its nothing but an EGO boost, no where near the fuel economy they promised. I cant wait for the class action lawsuits to follow after the hybrid lies. Ford is a horrible company they deserve to go under.
        jz78817
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        I know a couple of people with 2.0 EB Fusions. One regularly gets ~26 mpg mostly city, the other struggles to break 20 mpg. Riding with both people makes it clear why. If your driving style is "stomp on the gas until you have to stomp on the brakes," you won't meet the numbers on the sticker regardless of powertrain. It's worse with boosted engines and hybrids.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
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        eye.surgeon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        Ford doesn't set EPA fuel economy testing parameters and has no say in the EPA ratings of their vehicles. Therefore your comment is ridiculous.
          wsbfan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @eye.surgeon
          Ford decides what to put on the sticker, then they hope they don't get called out by the EPA...like Hyundai did
          plarson79
          • 1 Year Ago
          @eye.surgeon
          Ford has every say in the EPA ratings. They test the cars themselves and submit their findings to the EPA, who then does not bother to see if they are correct I'm convinced ford engineers their cars to an EPA standard test rather then engineer a car that will use less fuel. Mazda did it with their skyactiv power trains. They consistently meet or exceed their EPA estimates, which are virtually class leading in every segment they have that tech in.
        Mr. Burns
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        Andrew please eat s.hit and die...
        gtv4rudy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        'Ford is a horrible company' ... what a dolt you are.
        hgeorgech
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        Andrew ... you still riding that Schwinn that mom bought you?
        Cheetahjab
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        Bwaaaa, you're just made cause you can't afford on lol. I'm quite happy with my 13 flex ecoboost. Put the livernois tune on it have 425hp And average 23mpg on the hwy on long trips and 17mpg towing a 23ft boat at 70 mph. I'm quite happy thanks. Most people have no clue that engines BREAK IN. From 0 to about 3500 miles my mpg was on the low side and then it woke up happily.
        Gr@y_F0XXX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        Did you eat paint chips as a child?
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        dukeisduke
        • 1 Year Ago
        The original name was going to be TwinForce, but was changed to EcoBoost because of "eco": http://green.autoblog.com/2007/07/01/a-look-into-fords-engine-efficiency-future-with-product-develop/
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        DSmithee
        • 1 Year Ago
        Apparently you're not from the same planet.
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          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          And he references the money they got, in his second paragraph. He just didn't label it a government line of credit. I still think it's a big difference between foreseeing where things were headed vs. doing nothing and then needing the money in desperation. It certainly wouldn't make me NOT buy a vehicle from GM or Chrysler though.
          Josh
          • 1 Year Ago
          Don't forget the ford 'suppliers' and 'contractors' (which a lot of them are FoMoCo-exclusive suppliers :) ) that took the money as well. They were there hat and hand too. So was Honda and Toyota (in spirit) - basically the whole industry used GM and Chrysler as the matyrs/sacrifices to the realization they're all making.
      carfan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Having driven a couple of these V6 Eco boosts now. I am just really impressed with the amount of power out of these. They are very quiet engines. The fuel mileage on the flex version is almost identical to the naturally aspirated 3.5 V6! For all those that complain about issues. Just look at all the issues with BMW's 335 engine. High pressure fuel pumps,injectors,low pressure fuel sensors,waste gate rattle and loss of boost pressure ( that one is a very expensive fix!) don't hear about those in the news. google it! I know several people with BMW's With these issues. Maybe BMW owners don't want to admit to the press and public their car is no better than the rest! Any way. Good job for FORD for coming up with an engine that really performs!
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carfan
        You are comparing with BMW- that is a pretty low bar for reliability.
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        @carfan
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          jz78817
          • 1 Year Ago
          "Simply because you did not judge the engine on its merits, " a non-functioning engine has no merits. "BTW, as far as BMW......everyone knows they have issues, those are well documented and EVERYONE who follows car industry knows it." the difference is, BMW charges you a lot more for those issues.
        marv.shocker
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carfan
        I've driven the 3.5L EcoBoost, and it is very powerful and quiet. The question is, will it remain that way for 150,000 trouble-free miles. Remember when Ford "revolutionized the truck business" by building their own PowerStroke that was so much quicker and more efficient than a Cummins or Duramax? Few years later, blown head gaskets galore...and you had to remove the cab to service them. Sorry...I've already seen too many of Ford's "better ideas" to trust their "game changing" technologies.
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @marv.shocker
          Ford's own 6.7L PowerStroke has been a great engine so far from what I've heard. After their nightmares with Navistar why wouldn't they design their own engines from now on?
        thatitaliankid321
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carfan
        and many people forget that around 80% or so of the cars that use the eco 3.5 are AWD
      fred_swe
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is EcoBoost except from a name?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @fred_swe
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          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          Ford Should have designated them TwinForce for Lincolns and EcoBoost for Fords.
          Papi L-Gee
          • 1 Year Ago
          ^ What Merlot said.
        phlipp21
        • 1 Year Ago
        @fred_swe
        It's the combination of direct injection, turbocharging, and twin independent variable cam timing to increase engine output, allowing for a smaller displacement engine to power a vehicle.
      That Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      2 million overly complicated, problematic, gas guzzling engines that don't deliver near the fuel economy that is advertised. Bold moves indeed.
        b.rn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        The 1.6L with automatic trannies, per fueleconomy.gov: 2013 Ford Escape EPA 26mpg combined. Actual owners averaging 25.7mpg 2013 Ford Fusion EPA 28mpg combined. Actual owners averaging 31.1mpg Granted the samples are small, but these are real owners.
          b.rn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @b.rn
          icemilkcoffe, I don't disagree with you. I was simply countering That Guy's argument that they don't get near the fuel economy that is advertised.
          icemilkcoffee
          • 1 Year Ago
          @b.rn
          From the same source: 2012 Honda CRV 2WD 26.8mpg owners' average The CRV has a 2.4 naturally aspirated engine.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great milestone.
      DSmithee
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Eco-Boost! The engine aimed at increasing fuel economy that doesn't even do so. Hooray!
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      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      EcoBoost vs. 5.0.... Like the power of the twin turbo, but the reliability of a V8 (long term).
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        The Duratec 35 on which the EcoBoost is based is one of the most reliable engines Ford has ever made. The 5.0 is very reliable as well but the 3.5 has a much longer history.
          That Guy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          Thank you carguy for pointing out what a fanboy of Merlots caliber should already know. As much of a Ford bumper as he is, you'd think he'd know something so basic.
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          It has the same engine block. I didn't say the EcoBoost 35 is a Duratec 35 with a twin turbo and DI setup. I said it's based on the Duratec 35. As usual, Matt, you don't know how to read.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
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        Paul P.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        To be fair, the Ecoboost has less moving parts than the 5.0L V8 and both were designed with Ford's typical 150,000 mile lifespan in mind. The long term reliability of either has yet to be determined.
      chrismcfreely
      • 1 Year Ago
      Celebrate by putting two ecoboost v6s together. Quad turbo 7 liter v12. =D
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