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Late last week, the 5-millionth vehicle with a Ford EcoBoost engine rolled off the assembly line at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. Ford had celebrated the production of its 500,000th EcoBoost-equipped vehicle les than three years ago. A Ford Focus equipped with 1.0-liter turbocharged engine represents the 5-millionth Ford EcoBoost engine produced.

EcoBoost was launched in 2009 on Ford Taurus SHO with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. That year, 14,439 EcoBoost engines were manufactured.

In 2010, the first full year of EcoBoost production, 62,704 vehicles with the technology were built. The 2-millionth EcoBoost engine rolled off the line at Louisville in October 2013.

Production of the 5-millionth EcoBoost-equipped vehicle coincides with the first full year in which customers can choose EcoBoost-equipped engines on 100% of Ford’s passenger vehicles sold in the United States. The fuel-saving technology is now available in every region the company serves.

The 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost is a multiple award-winning engine, earning Engine Technology International’s International Engine of the Year honors three years in a row. Other members of Ford’s global EcoBoost family include the 1.5-liter; 1.6-liter; 2.0-liter; and 2.3-liter four-cylinder engines, and the powerful 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter V6 engines.

In its most efficient configuration, the 2015 Focus SFE with 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine returns EPA-estimated fuel economy of 42 mpg (5.6 l/100 km) highway. Focus ST, with its 252-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost, has a top speed of 154 mph (248 km/h) , yet still returns EPA-estimated fuel economy of 32 mpg (7.34 l/100 km) highway.

Earlier this month, Ford debuted the 2016 Ford Focus RS, a global all-wheel-drive performance car equipped with 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine technology, which is projected to produce more than 315 horsepower (235 kW) from only four cylinders.

Production of Focus RS with 2.3-liter EcoBoost is planned to begin later this year.

Comments

Nick Lyons

Your mileage may vary (downward).

CheeseEater88

True, Nick

My brother averages the highway mpg in his ecoboost truck. He does say that it would better if he had the NA V8 truck on the highway, because he is often in boost.

Now, if ford was not trying to parity throttle response with NA vehicles and instead targeted torque /boost coming in around 2000 RPM+, or even 2400rpms much higher than what is currently offered, I feel that this solution would be much better.(but, longer gears, and more gears can help alleviate some of this)

Having driven ecoboost, and testimony from him and other owners, it does matter greatly on how you drive it. Boost is a virtual displacement changer, if you are pushing in 28lbs absolute, you basically double your displacement, some applications you can triple the virtual displacement. Though with this added combustion, the heat generated is much higher, which often leads to a richer mixture to cool it off and prevent knock and other problems.

So, moral of the story is... if you drive it like you stole it, you are going to suffer at the pump/plug (electric and gas). There are some exceptions, but its rare. If you use the power, you use the power.

Ecoboost are fun to drive, and I think that is their downfall. Same with some hybrids, and other torque-filled powertrains. People also routinely admit speeding heavily, jack rabbit starts, ect... better driving habits can lead to a very significant increase in fuel economy, much more than most minor technology changes.

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