In an effort to meet European demand, Ford has doubled production capacity of its award-winning 1.0 liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine at its plant in Cologne, Germany by adding a second shift, thereby boosting output to over 1,000 engines a day. The addition of the second shift boosts projected production capacity for 2013 to 165,000 engines from 100,000 engines, and to 200,000 engines in 2014 — equating to a 62 percent increase in total European productions of 62 percent.
“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 Ford of Europe vice president, Product Development, Barb Samardzich. “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.”
Previously, Ford of Europe announced plans to triple annual production of vehicles equipped with fuel-efficient EcoBoost petrol/gasoline engines to approximately 480,000 by 2015, from 141,000 in 2011. In that regard, a capacity of 200,000 engines of the 1.0 liter EcoBoost unit seems to put the Blue Oval well on the path of accomplishing that manufacturing goal.
The 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine is enjoying rather high popularity, accounting for a growing share of overall Ford sales during the first eight months of 2013 and being purchased at the following rate in these vehicles (across Ford’s 19 traditional European markets):
- 44 percent of all B-MAX MPVs
- 32 percent of Focus
- 26 percent of Fiesta
- 24 per cent of C-MAX and Grand C-MAX MPVs
Engineered at Ford’s R&D centers in Aachen and Merkenich, Germany as well as Dunton, U.K., the three-cylinder 1.0 liter EcoBoost powerplant is also built at Ford’s Craiova engine plant in Romania, with both facilities having been upgraded to facilitate production of the engine.
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