Ford’s Tiny but Powerful 1.0-litre EcoBoost Wins In ternational Engine of the Year for Unprecedented Third Straight Year

  • Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is named 2014 International Engine of the Year; achieves an unprecedented third consecutive victor
  • Fuel-efficient and powerful 1.0-litre EcoBoost – which powers Fiesta and nine more cars in the Ford range – also is named “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” for the third year in a row
  • Judges praise the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine as “one of the finest examples of powertrain engineering” as it finishes ahead of entries from premium and supercar brands
  • New Fiesta Red Edition and Fiesta Black Edition models will become the most powerful ever 1.0-litre road cars when they debut punchy 140 PS version
  • Turbocharger spins at almost twice the rpm of the turbochargers powering F1 race car engines – more than 4,000 times per second
  • Engine produced in Cologne, Germany; Craiova, Romania; and Chongqing, China, is now available in 72 countries worldwide

STUTTGART, Germany, June 25, 2014 – A small petrol engine that powers Ford cars including the new Fiesta has fought off competition from premium brands and supercars to win the “Oscars” of the engine world for an unprecedented third time in a row.

Ford Motor Company’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine – which lowers fuel consumption without sacrificing power – today was named 2014 International Engine of the Year for its drivability, performance, economy, refinement and technology.

A panel of 82 automotive journalists from 35 countries also named the 1.0-litre EcoBoost the “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” for the third year in a row at the Engine Expo 2014, in Stuttgart.

“To deliver the complete package of eye-popping fuel economy, surprising performance, quietness and refinement we knew this little 1.0-litre engine would have to be a game changer,” said Bob Fascetti, vice president, Ford Powertrain Engineering. “Through our One Ford approach to development, EcoBoost continues to set the benchmark for powercombined with fuel efficiency from a small petrol engine.”

The engine has now won 13 major awards. In addition to collecting seven International Engine of the Year awards in three years – including Best New Engine in 2012 – the 1.0-litre EcoBoost also has been awarded the International Paul Pietsch Award 2013 for technological innovation in Germany; the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club in Great Britain; and in the U.S., the Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics magazine. Ford also is the first automaker to win a Ward’s 10 Best Engines trophy for a three-cylinder engine.

“This year’s competition was the fiercest yet, but the 1.0-litre EcoBoost continues to stand out for all the right reasons – great refinement, surprising flexibility and excellent efficiency,” said Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the 16th International Engine of the Year awards and editor of Engine Technology International magazine. “The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is one of the finest examples of powertrain engineering.”

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March of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost

Launched in Europe in 2012 with the Ford Focus, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost is now available in a further nine vehicles: Fiesta, B-MAX, EcoSport, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, Tourneo Connect, Tourneo Courier, Transit Connect and Transit Courier.

The all-new Mondeo will continue the European roll-out of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine when it launches later this year; the smallest engine to be specified in such a large family car.

Already available with 100 PS and 125 PS, Ford recently debuted a new 140 PS version of the engine in the new Fiesta Red Edition and Fiesta Black Edition models; the most powerful volume production 1.0-litre road cars ever, achieving 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 9 seconds, a top speed of 201 km/h (125 mph) and delivering 4.5 l/100 km (62.8 mpg) and 104 g/km CO2*.

Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost-equipped vehicles now account for one in five of all Ford cars sold in Ford’s 20 traditional European markets**. For the first five months of 2014 the markets where 1.0-litre EcoBoost proved most popular were the Netherlands (38 per cent of all cars bought), followed by Denmark (37 per cent) and Finland (33 per cent).

Ford’s European facilities in Cologne, Germany and Craiova, Romania, produce a new EcoBoost engine every 42 seconds and recently passed the 500,000 unit milestone.

“Three years have gone and many new three-cylinder engines have appeared, but the Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost is still the best,” said Massimo Nascimbene, juror and writer, Italy.

Global power

Ford vehicles equipped with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine are now available in 72 countries worldwide. Customers in the U.S. will later this year be able to buy the new Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost, with the Fiesta 1.0-litre EcoBoost in dealerships now.

Ford recently began production of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost in Chongqing, China, supporting demand in Asia Pacific. For the first quarter of 2014 more than a third of new Fiesta buyers in Vietnam chose the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine.

“The success of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has simply snowballed. Since launch we have now extended availability through the range of Ford vehicles and through markets worldwide to set a new global benchmark in powertrain engineering that delivers a direct benefit to customers – both in terms of fuel efficiency and performance,” said Barb Samardzich, chief operating officer, Ford of Europe.

Innovative engineering

More than 200 engineers and designers from Ford’s research and development centres in Aachen and Merkenich, Germany, and Dagenham and Dunton, U.K., spent more than five million hours developing the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine.

The engine’s compact, low-inertia turbocharger spins at up to 248,000 rpm – more than 4,000 times per second and almost twice the maximum rpm of the turbochargers powering 2014 F1 race car engines.

The 140 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine’s turbocharger delivers 1.6 bar (24 psi) of boost pressure.

Peak firing pressure of 124 bar (1,800 psi) equates to a five-tonne African elephant standing on the piston.

With a cast iron engine block small enough to fit in the overhead luggage compartment of an aeroplane, the engine also features an aluminium cylinder head with an integrated exhaust manifold that lowers exhaust temperatures for optimised the fuel-to-air ratio. An innovative flywheel and front pulley design delivers improved refinement compared with traditional 3- cylinder engine designs.

Engine friction is reduced by specially coated pistons, low tension piston rings, low friction crank seals and a cam-belt-in-oil design. A variable displacement oil pump tailors lubrication to demand and optimises oil pressure, for improved fuel efficiency.

“The 1.0-litre EcoBoost was created as a radical smaller-displacement engine to meet the biggest automotive challenge in the world – no compromise refinement, performance and great fuel economy,” said Andrew Fraser, manager, Gasoline Calibration, Ford of Europe. “The secret to EcoBoost success is a range of innovative technologies that deliver big car benefits from a small engine.”

* The declared fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are measured according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulations (EC) 715/2007 and (EC) 692/2008 as last amended. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are specified for a vehicle variant and not for a single car. The applied standard test procedure enables comparison between different vehicle types and different manufacturers. In addition to the fuel efficiency of a car, driving behaviour as well as other non-technical factors play a role in determining a car's fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. CO2 is the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming. Results in MPG also correspond to this European drive cycle and are stated in imperial gallons. The results may differ from fuel economy figures in other regions of the world due to the different drive cycles and regulations used in those markets.

** Figures are based on 20 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 183,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 50,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 69,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (13 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and 11 unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.

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