Ford’s Now Made 5 Million EcoBoost-Powered Vehicles
The Ford Focus. You probably passed half a dozen of them this morning on your way to work. There’re so many of them out there that they’re just part of the background. However, a particular Focus with a 1.0-liter turbocharged engine stands out – to the Blue Oval, at least. It rolled out of the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI late last week as the 5-millionth vehicle with an EcoBoost power plant under its hood.
Ford launched the EcoBoost engine – in its 3.5-liter size – back in 2009 with the Taurus SHO. The next year, the first full year of EB production, Ford manufactured 62,704 vehicles with EcoBoost power. It hit the 2-million mark in October 2013.
Now, Ford’s cranking out 200,000 EcoBoost motors a month. That’s because it sells them – in 1.0-, 1.5-, 1.6-, 2.0-, 2.3-, 2.7-, and 3.5-liter sizes – in its models worldwide. Ford offers EcoBoost engines in 100 percent of its passenger vehicles in the U.S. In fact, the Blue Oval states, “Ford Fusion, Escape and F-150 are the best-selling turbocharged midsize car, utility and truck sold in the United States.”
The 1.0-liter I3 EcoBoost found in the 2015 Focus has won Engine Technology International’s International Engine of the Year award three years in a row – a feat that no other manufacturer has ever accomplished.
Let’s see what Ford can accomplish with the EB engines in the 2017 Raptor and GT. The company’s got its work cut out for it. A lot of you all have lamented the fact that the Raptor’s 6.2-liter V8 has been replaced by a turbo six and the GT will carry a price in the same stratosphere as the V12-powered Lamborghini Aventador.
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