In a span of four years, the Ford Ecoboost engine has hit a landmark production figure of two million units. A 2.0 litre Ecoboost powered Ford Escape rolled off the assembly line from Ford’s Loiusville facility in Kentucky marking the memorable figure for the American Automobile manufacturer.
The Ecoboost family comprises of 1.0 litre three-cylinder; 1.5-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines with the 3.5-litre V6 as the most powerful of the lot. With rising global demands for the Ecoboost-powered vehicles, the present production average has peaked over 100,000 engines per month. Ford has also recently doubled the manufacturing capacity of its Cologne plant in Germany to 1,000 engines per day.
Joe Bakaj, Vice President, Powertrain Engineering for Ford said “Ford EcoBoost delivers great performance with lower fuel bills, a recipe that is proving incredibly popular with consumers around the world. EcoBoost engines are attracting new customers to the Ford brand every day, and our plants are working hard to keep up with demand.”
In a bid to meet the rising demand for the award winning engine, Ford would be investing $200 million at its Cleveland Plant, Ohio for manufacturing slated to begin in 2014. Also Ford would be commencing production of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost Changan Ford engine plant in Chongqing, China that was opened in June this year at a cost of $500 million.
The US bound 2014 Ford Fiesta slated for sale this year would be available with the 1.0 litre Ecoboost engine being manufactured at the Cologne facility. Ford claims that the new Ford Fiesta would be the most non-hybrid fuel efficient car in the United States.
Ford further plans to extend the Ecoboost engine to 20 vehicles in its lineup by 2015.