Last week, Ford Motor Company announced that it has produced 2 million EcoBoost engines since the powerplants’ global launch in 2009. The 2 millionth EcoBoost engine was fitted to a 2014 Ford Escape that rolled the assembly line at Ford’s Louisville, Kentucky plant.
Those who are ardent fans of The Blue Oval’s EcoBoost line already know that the branded engine line combines smaller overall engine displacement with turbocharging, direct injection, and variable valve timing to deliver spirited performance and outstanding fuel economy. According to Ford, EcoBoost engines deliver up to 20 percent better fuel economy than larger-displacement gasoline engines.
Driving the popularity of EcoBoost-powered vehicles is growing customer demand in major global markets. In fact, Ford now averages making over 100,000 EcoBoost engines per month, up form 65,000 in 2012.
Globally, the EcoBoost engine family includes five variants, including the 1.0 liter three cylinder, three four cylinder units (1.5, 1.6, and 2.0 liter), and one six cylinder (3.5 liter). EcoBoost engines are available in every region Ford serves worldwide, and will be offered on approximately 80 percent of the company’s global nameplates by the end of this year.
Ford says that better fuel efficiency and lower fuel bills are behind the popularity of the EcoBoost line of the optional powerplants. Given today’s gas prices, the EPA’s fuel-economy website estimates an average annual fuel bill of $3,400 for a 2009 Ford F-150 2WD with a 5.4 liter V8 engine. That number drops to $3,000 for a 2013 F-150 2WD with a 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6. At this rate, an owner would save an estimated $4,000 over a 10-year/150,000-mile life of the vehicle.
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