Ford announced the official production start of the new twin-scroll 2.0-liter and 2.3-liter EcoBoost engines for North America at its Cleveland Engine Plant in Ohio. This marks the first time these engines are being produced in the US.
The twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine is available in the all-new Ford Edge, launching in first quarter of 2015. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine is available in the all-new Ford Mustang, Explorer and Lincoln MKC.
Production of the twin-scroll 2.0-liter and 2.3-liter EcoBoost engines for North America were previously based in Valencia, Spain. The investment in Cleveland shifted North American production to Ohio, leaving Ford’s Valencia Engine Plant as the exclusive production location of 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine for Ford of Europe-built vehicles. Valencia will continue to machine and ship components for both engines to North America.
Cleveland Engine Plant also builds the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and 3.7-liter V6 rear-wheel drive application.
EcoBoost is now available on 100% of the 2015 light-duty Ford lineup in North America. Ford produced more than 1.6 million EcoBoost engines globally in 2014, up more than 30% from 2013. More than 190,000 EcoBoost engines now are produced every month, up 90% from 2013. In 2014, annual global EcoBoost engine capacity reached approximately 2.3 million units.
With the new 2.0 and 2.3-liter EcoBoost engines featured in the all-new Edge and Explorer, Ford is well-positioned to benefit from the rapidly growing utility vehicle segment. Utility sales are growing at three times the rate of the global vehicle industry.—Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president of US Marketing, Sales and Service
Utility vehicles are the fastest-growing segment globally—up 135% since 2009. Utilities account for roughly 20% of overall market globally. By 2020, utility vehicle sales are expected to reach 23% of the global industry.
In 2014, Ford sold more than 1.4 million utility vehicles around the world, up 11% compared with the previous year.