CRAIOVA, Romania - Ford has built its 250,000th engine at the company’s manufacturing facility in Craiova, Romania, less than two years after production began.
The milestone engine, a 1.5-litre EcoBoost destined for a U.S. Ford Fusion, rolled off the production line yesterday.
The 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine is the first engine from Ford to incorporate a computer-controlled clutch on the belt-drive water pump which improves efficiency by reducing warm-up time. It also has a water-cooled charge air cooler to help the engine breathe better.
Ford started engine production at in Craiova in May 2012, with the acclaimed 1.0-litre EcoBoost, followed in April 2013 by the 1.5 litre EcoBoost engine. Currently, the facility produces 1,000 engines per day.
“We are very proud to achieve this great milestone for Craiova engine plant especially as our products reach customers all over the world,” said John Oldham, newly appointed Manager of Craiova Powertrains Operations.
“Craiova Engine Plant plays a very important role in Ford’s global engine manufacturing footprint by supporting the strong global demand for Ford’s fuel efficient and low CO2 emissions vehicles.”