We didn’t really know what to expect from Ford’s EcoBoost engine line when the engine range first debuted in Europe in 2010. But fast forward five years, and the range of efficient yet power-dense turbo-charged motors has become quite popular. So much so that The Blue Oval has just produced the five millionth EcoBoost engine.
Ford makes over 200,000 EcoBoost engines per month on a global basis and EcoBoost-equipped vehicles accounted for one in four new Ford vehicles sold in Europe in 2014. The tiny three-cylinder 1.0L EcoBoost is the most popular of them all, with over 230,000 vehicles sold in Europe throughout 2014 cradling the thrummy three-banger. The engine has been universally praised while also being the first motor to be named International Engine of the Year three times in a row.
Today, the 1.0L EcoBoost is available in over 10 different Ford models around the world, from the subcompact Fiesta all the way to the new Mondeo. The motor is built in two Ford plants, one in Cologne, Germany and the other in Craiova, Romania. Other members of Ford’s global EcoBoost engine family include the:
- 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline-four cylinder
- 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline-four cylinder
- 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four cylinder
- 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four cylinder
- 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6
- 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6
“Ford EcoBoost delivers great performance with lower fuel bills, a recipe which is proving incredibly popular with consumers in Europe and around the world,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “EcoBoost engines have proved a game-changing technology that are attracting new customers to the Ford brand every day.”
So, what vehicle was lucky enough to receive the five millionth EcoBoost motor? It was a 2015 Ford Focus produced at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant, and the motor was none other than the 1.0-liter EcoBoost I3.