Ford’s smallest turbocharged engine, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost, was Europe’s best-selling turbocharged petrol unit in the first half of the year, according to company figures.
What this means is that, one in every five vehicles Ford sold in Europe was powered by the small three-cylinder unit.
Ford sold approximately 120,000 1.0-liter EcoBoost vehicles in the first six months of the year, compared with 104,000 during the first half of 2013, accounting for an increase of more than 15 percent. The engine was fitted to 47 percent of all B-MAX models sold and made up 33 percent of Focus sales and 30 percent of Fiesta sales, respectively.
Launched in Europe in 2012 on the Focus compact, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is also now available for Fiesta, B-MAX, EcoSport, C-MAX/Grand C-MAX, Tourneo Connect, Tourneo Courier, Transit Connect and Transit Courier.
“Customers are clearly enjoying the benefits from a small engine that offers great fuel efficiency with no compromise to refinement or performance,” said Barb Samardzich, chief operating officer, Ford of Europe. “The range of models offering the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine will rise to 11 when the all-new Mondeo is launched in the coming months, and the new 140 PS version in the Fiesta Red Edition and Black Edition shows there is even more potential,” she added.
In standard form, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine produces 100PS (99hp), but it is also offered in a more powerful version with 125PS (123hp).
In June this year, the engine was named the 2014 International Engine of the Year for the third time, with the jury appreciating its drivability, performance, economy, refinement and technology.