Ford didn’t really buy into the whole downsizing malarkey to make more fuel efficient engines until 2009 when they came up with the EcoBoost concept. Since then, however, they’ve been enjoying such great success with it that they recently produced the two millionth EcoBoost unit.
That means more than 100,000 EcoBoost engines are now produced every month, with a target of 1.2 million for 2013. In Cologne, Germany, alone they make a 1000 EcoBoost engines every day, and there is a plan to build the 2.0-liter EcoBoost in the U.S. with an investment of $200 million, which boosts the numbers even further.
The two millionth production EcoBoost – a 2.0-liter unit – was fitted to a Ford Escape model at Ford’s Louisville. The EcoBoost family 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.
But what is the EcoBoost anyway, you might ask. Well, this 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 gasoline engines.
“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 demand.”