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Ford’s 1-liter EcoBoost is Europe's top turbocharged petrol engine, powering one in five new Fords

Fresh from a third successive International Engine of the Year Award, Ford has announced that its 1-liter EcoBoost engine is Europe’s best-selling turbocharged petrol engine for the first six months of 2014, according to company figures.

So far this year, one in every five vehicles Ford sold in Europe was equipped with a 1-liter EcoBoost, the engine block of which is small enough to fit on a sheet of A4 paper.

Ford data reports that, from January through to June 2014, the OEM sold approximately 120,000 1-liter EcoBoost vehicles, compared with 104,000 during the first six months of 2013 – an increase of more than 15%. For the first half of 2014, 1-liter EcoBoost models made up 47% of all B-MAX multi-activity vehicles sold, 33% of Focus sales, and 30% of Fiesta sales.

“Customers are clearly enjoying the benefits from a small engine that offers great fuel efficiency with no compromise to refinement or performance,” says Barb Samardzich, chief operating officer, Ford of Europe. “The range of models offering the 1-liter EcoBoost engine will rise to 11 when the all-new Mondeo is launched in the coming months, and the new 140ps version in the Fiesta Red Edition and Black Edition shows there is even more potential.”

In June of this year, the 1-liter EcoBoost engine was named the 2014 International Engine of the Year, with judges citing its drivability, performance, economy, refinement and technology as instrumental in fighting off the competition from premium brands and supercars.

“This year’s competition was the fiercest yet, but the 1-liter EcoBoost continues to stand out for all the right reasons – great refinement, surprising flexibility and excellent efficiency,” says Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the 16th International Engine of the Year Awards and editor of Engine Technology International magazine. “The 1-liter EcoBoost engine is one of the finest examples of powertrain engineering.”

The engine has now won 13 major awards. In addition to collecting seven International Engine of the Year Awards in three years – including Best New Engine in 2012 – the 1-liter EcoBoost has also been awarded the International Paul Pietsch Award 2013 for technological innovation in Germany; the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club in Great Britain; and, in the US, the Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics magazine. Ford also is the first automaker to win a Ward’s 10 Best Engines trophy for a three-cylinder engine.

Already available with power outputs of 100ps and 125ps, Ford recently debuted a new 140ps version of Europe’s best-selling sub-1-liter engine in the new Fiesta Red Edition and Fiesta Black Edition models – the most powerful volume production 1-liter road cars ever, achieving 0-100km/h in 9 seconds, a top speed of 201km/h, and delivering 4.498 l/100km and 104g/km CO2.

More than 200 engineers and designers from Ford’s research and development centers in Aachen and Merkenich, Germany, and Dagenham and Dunton, UK, spent more than five million hours developing the three cylinder 1-liter EcoBoost.

“Setting a new global benchmark in powertrain engineering, this 1-liter EcoBoost engine is proving a big success with the judges that matter most – our customers,” says Samardzich.

13 August 2014


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