Ford Builds Two Millionth EcoBoost Engine as Consumer Demand Grows in
-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
-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
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
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
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
-42 percent of F-150 trucks are purchased with the 3.5-liter
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.
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
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