COLOGNE, Germany - Ford is boosting production capacity of the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine to meet European demand by doubling the output from its Cologne, Germany, engine plant to more than 1,000 engines a day.
In the first eight months of 2013, models equipped with 1.0-litre EcoBoost engines accounted for a growing share of overall sales. The B-MAX compact multi-activity vehicle led the way, with 44 per cent of all vehicles ordered across Ford’s 19 traditional European markets specified with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost, along with 32 per cent of Focus cars sold; 26 per cent of Fiesta cars; and 24 per cent of C-MAX and Grand C-MAX multi-activity vehicles.
The company added a second shift to meet demand for the 2012 and 2013 International Engine of the Year, which combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing to lower fuel consumption without sacrificing power. This will increase projected production capacity for 2013 to 165,000 engines from 100,000 engines, and to 200,000 engines in 2014 – equating to an increase in total European production capacity of 62 per cent.
Ford of Europe has previously announced plans to triple annual production of vehicles equipped with fuel-efficient EcoBoost petrol engines to approximately 480,000 by 2015, from 141,000 in 2011.
“The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has been an incredible success for us – both with customers and media – and demand is increasing as word spreads,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine combines the benefits people expect from a small engine, in terms of fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions, and the punch and power of a traditional 1.6-litre engine.”
Ford in Europe recently announced a new version of the Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost that will be the first non-hybrid petrol-powered family car in Europe to offer 99 g/km CO2 emissions*. It will be available early next year. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost range also will be offered in future models to include the Transit Connect, Transit Courier, Tourneo Connect, Tourneo Courier, New Mondeo and EcoSport. The engine also is being launched in Ford vehicles around the world, most recently in India and China with the Ford EcoSport, and later this year in North America in the Ford Fiesta.
Designed at Ford’s research and development centres in Aachen and Merkenich, Germany, and Dunton, U.K., the 1.0-litre EcoBoost is also built in Ford’s Craiova, Romania, engine plant. Both Cologne and Craiova plants were upgraded to facilitate 1.0-litre EcoBoost production and introduced advanced manufacturing techniques that reduce the volume of coolant required when machining aluminium engine parts to just five millilitres per component from two litres previously, contributing to a reduced environmental footprint from manufacturing.
New “cold testing” technology was also introduced, allowing engines to be tested without being started – reducing fuel usage and CO2 emissions from the process by 66 per cent. All remaining energy required to run the Cologne plant comes from renewable sources, including three hydro-power plants in Norway and Sweden.