At the Beijing Motor Show today, Ford is unveiling a sub-Fiesta-sized low-cost commuter car concept with a brand new engine. While the car itself – dubbed Start, above – is interesting, the real news is the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. At this time, the car is a pure design study with no production plans. The new inline-three cylinder EcoBoost engine, on the other hand, has been confirmed for production.
When the auto show circuit rolls around to Paris in September, Ford is expected to roll out a facelifted version of the Mondeo mid-sized lineup. The visual updates are less extensive than the Fusion got last year but still noticeable. A new upper grille and larger trapezoidal lower opening give the Mondeo an appearance similar to the Fiesta and new Focus. Following the trend set by Audi and Mercedes-Benz, Ford will add LED running lamps below the main headlamp clusters.
Ford iosis Max Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
Ford has just announced its second production application of EcoBoost technology, a 1.6L four cylinder engine that will debut in 2010. This will be the first European Ford application of the gasoline turbocharged direct injection strategy that the company is pushing. The 3.5L V6 EcoBoost launches in the U.S. next spring. Production of the 1.6L will occur at the Bridgend plant in Wales where the volumes will rise to a total of nearly 1,000,000 engines a year. Ford has promoted the EcoBoost techno