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.