Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is powering 1 in 5 of the new Fords sold in Europe in the first half of this year, according to Ford figures. From January through June 2014, Ford sold approximately 120,000 1.0-liter EcoBoost vehicles, compared with 104,000 during the first six months of 2013—an increase of more than 15%. For the first half of 2014, 1.0-liter EcoBoost models made up 47% of all B-MAX multi-activity vehicles sold, 33% of Focus sales, and 30% of Fiesta sales.
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-liter EcoBoost engine’s turbocharger delivers 1.6 bar (24 psi) of boost pressure.
The 1.0-liter EcoBoost was in June again named the 2014 International Engine of the Year. 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-liter 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 US, 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.
Launched in Europe in 2012 in Ford Focus, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is also now available for Fiesta, B-MAX, EcoSport, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, Tourneo Connect, Tourneo Courier, Transit Connect and Transit Courier.
The engine has proved a firm favorite in the Netherlands where so far this year it has accounted for 38% of all Ford’s sold; while 35% of customers in Denmark have specified 1.0-liter models, as have 32% of customers in Switzerland. Worldwide it is now available in 72 countries.