CRAIOVA, Romania – The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine recently went into production at Ford’s new plant in Craiova, Romania. A special event to mark the occasion was attended by employees, the media and VIPs.
The plant will assemble 3-cylinder engine in 100, 120 and 125 PS variants. It will also machine cylinder blocks, cylinder heads and crankshafts.
“Our initial vehicle customers are the Focus and the B-MAX. We have a capacity here of 350,000 engines per year on a 3-shift basis,” explained Ian Pearson, manager, Engine Operations, Ford Romania.
During the Job One celebration event, Roland Ernst, chief program engineer, 1.0L EcoBoost Project and Henrik Nenzen, managing director, Ford Romania, explained that Ford’s high-tech, EcoBoost global family of engines offered efficiency, power and refinement, in addition to improve fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions performance.
Jan Gijsen, president, Ford Romania, told the audience: “Our objective in transforming the Craiova plant into a centre of excellence has reached a new dimension today with the official launch of the 1-litre engine. The state of the art technology, combined with the skills of our engineers brands this product as a new Ford success.”
Production of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engines began at Ford’s engine plant in Cologne in November 2011.