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EcoBoost: Engine champ - again

2013-06-05 20:52

1000 ENGINES A DAY: To meet demand for its 1.0 EcoBoost engine, Ford will double production of its award-winning engine at its Cologne, Germany engine to more than 1000 engines. Image - Ford

Ford's one-litre EcoBoost petrol has been named 2013 International Engine of the Year, the second year in a row the three-cylinder has earned the award.

It's used in South Africa in the Fiesta and EcoSport and received the highest score yet in for any engine winning the “Best Engine Under 1.0” category at the annual awards in Europe.

Ford also confirmed plans to double production of the engine at its Cologne, Germany, engine plant to more than 1000 a day from mid-August to meet demand.

'THIS IS A MASTERPIECE'


Ford's vice-president for global power trains, Joe Bakaj, said: “With a technology as mature as the internal combustion engine it’s very rare to achieve a true breakthrough but that's exactly what the team accomplished with this engine. You have to drive it to believe a small three-cylinder engine can deliver such performance and fuel economy.”

The US automaker is one of three manufacturers to record back-to-back victories in the 15-year history of the awards.

Peter Lyon, juror and freelance journalist, said: “Who'd have believed it? A one-litre that has it all... powerful, fuel efficient, clean and lightt. This is a masterpiece.”

NEXT ECOBOOST ON WAY TO SA

The EcoBoost was designed at Ford’s research and development centres in Aachen and Merkenich, Germany, and Dunton, UK, and is assembled in Cologne and Craiova, Romania.

Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the 15th International Engine of the Year awards and editor of Engine Technology International Magazine, said: “The baby EcoBoost, Ford’s first three-cylinder design, is still the engine to beat across the board. It’s economical in real conditions while the compact turbo helps ensure that the entire package can power larger vehicles such as the Grand C-MAX with ease.”

In South Africa, the 1.0 EcoBoost engine is offered in the Fiesta and will also be a part of the EcoSport range that's due here later in 2013.
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