Ford to triple production output of EcoBoost equipped vehicles by 2015
Ford will produce more than 1.3m low-CO2 EcoBoost engines to go into European vehicles over the period 2012-2015: more than 800,000 of which are expected to be the new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine (Inset), produced at Ford’s new plant in Craiova, Romania and in Cologne, Germany.
During this same period around 400,000 1.6-litre EcoBoost engines will be produced at Bridgend for European vehicles and production will total of over 1m engines for all export markets, including Europe.
The production expansion coincides with an increase in the availability of EcoBoost engines across the model line-up in the European Ford range. @[email protected] The number of Ford models available with EcoBoost engines will double from five to 10 by 2015 when EcoBoost engines will power more than half of all Ford of Europe petrol-engined cars.
'Our plans to expand EcoBoost availability are aggressive, but we believe as customers experience this engine family, they’ll understand why,' said Sherif Marakby, powertrain director, Ford of Europe. 'We’re at the cutting edge of innovation and the 1.0-litre engine, for example, cannot be matched for its balance of efficiency, power and refinement,' he added.
Ford’s high-tech engine plant in Bridgend has produced over 120,000 1.6-litre EcoBoost engines since 2010 and is set to produce over 230,000 in 2012, which is over 30% of the plant’s annual total production forecast of 780,000. The export of this UK-built powertrain to the US and Mexico began this year. It powers Ford Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, Mondeo and S-MAX and Galaxy models sold in the UK and Europe.