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Ford Bridgend earns multi-million dollar investment to produce new 1.5-liter EcoBoost Engine

Ford has announced a US$36.6 million investment program at its high-tech Bridgend engine plant in Wales to produce a new fuel-efficient 1.5-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine.
Ford Bridgend is one of the Ford UK locations benefitting from the company’s planned US$2.3 billion investment, announced in 2010, into the research, development and manufacture of low-CO2 technology for vehicles over a five-year period. The announcement also includes Welsh government support of around US$18.3 million.
Ford Bridgend produces 2,668 four-cylinder engines each day, with exports to Spain, Sweden, Germany, Russia, Belgium and the USA. This delivers an annual export value of around US$2.3 billion when combined with other Ford UK operations. Employment at Bridgend will rise to 2,300 this year, the most in its 33-year history.
The Bridgend plant is the long-term European production base for the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine. Production will start in 2014 and then ramp up over the following two years. It will be built alongside the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine.
The new aluminum-block, twin-cam 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine will feature some of the innovative technology introduced on the 1-liter EcoBoost, including an integrated exhaust manifold. The new engine is expected to provide similar horsepower and torque performance to Ford’s current 1.6-liter EcoBoost, while delivering improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.
The 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine is the first Ford heart to incorporate a computer-controlled clutch on the belt-driven water pump, which further improves efficiencies by reducing warm-up time. A new water-cooled charge air cooler has been designed to provide a more efficient air-feed into the engine.
Ford has sold more than 600,000 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles globally since the range was launched with the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost in 2009. Ford added the 2-liter EcoBoost in 2010; the 1.6-liter EcoBoost followed in 2011; and last year the 1-liter EcoBoost was launched, winning the 2012 International Engine of the Year award.


24 April 2013


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