– The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine was Europe’s best-selling turbocharged petrol engine for the first six months of the year, according to Ford figures.
So far this year, one in every five vehicles Ford sold in Europe was equipped with a 1.0-litre EcoBoost.
From January through June 2014, Ford sold approximately 120,000 1.0-litre EcoBoost vehicles, compared with 104,000 during the first six months of 2013 – an increase of more than 15 per cent. For the first half of 2014, 1.0-litre EcoBoost models made up 47 per cent of all B-MAX multi-activity vehicles sold, 33 per cent of Focus sales, and 30 per cent 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,” said Barb Samardzich, chief operating officer, Ford of Europe. “The range of models offering the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine will rise to 11 when the all-new Mondeo is launched in the coming months, and the new 140 PS version in the Fiesta Red Edition and Black Edition shows there is even more potential.”
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost was in June again named the 2014 International Engine of the Year for its drivability, performance, economy, refinement and technology – fighting off competition from premium brands and supercars.
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 1.0-litre EcoBoost also has 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 U.S., 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.
Launched in Europe in 2012 in Focus, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost is also now available for Fiesta, B-MAX, EcoSport, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, Tourneo Connect, Tourneo Courier, Transit Connect and Transit Courier.
More than 200 engineers and designers from Ford’s research and development centres in Aachen and Merkenich, Germany, and Dagenham and Dunton, UK, spent more than five million hours developing the three cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost.