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  1. So I'm currently looking at my choices for my next car and the 2015 Mustang is at the top of my list. My main issue with it is winter driving, will winter tires be enough? I know the 2015 will have a winter mode according to some of the articles I've read, but I'm wondering how much I'll have to fight the car. Does anyone have first hand experience in their Mustangs that would recommend or not recommend the Mustang as a daily driver in Michigan? I really want one but I don't want to regret it too much in the winter, although the $4-$6k difference between an EcoBoost Premium and a Lincoln MKC could buy a good snow tire/rim combo and quite a few sandbags... Attached is the one I want, although I'll likely add the performance pack:
  2. Completed a round trip from Maine to DC. 1480 miles total. Reset the trip computer before starting. Mileage beat the sticker sheet estimate for a perfect 28.0. No weird hyper-miler tricks, no over inflated tires. Drove speed limit +5 the whole way (which means 65-75 depending on location). Air conditioning on, etc. No games or tricks, just drove. Used regular, cheapest available gas from reputable stations (my preference right now is Mobil for having the best detergents). My point in posting was that so many cars are sold with misleading, unattainable mileage reports on the sticker that I am amazed to beat the EPA mileage number -- on top of the car being far faster/quicker than I'd realized when I bought it. You don't expect to be getting something so quick when you buy a 2 liter, four cylinder engine.
  3. Just bought a gorgeous 2017 Escape Titanium with the 2.0L Ecoboost. I have a few questions for those of you who've lived with these engines a while and know a bit about them. I'm an old school engine guy, so may be operating on outdated information. First, the start/stop -- Do you disable yours in stop and go traffic? At a drive through? When you know you won't be sitting long? It seems as though in some of those cases it will stop/start half a dozen times in a couple of minutes. There must be some threshold where it makes sense to disable it. Has anyone done the work of figuring that out? To be clear, I've read about all the hardened and better lubricated starting gear work and battery work they've done, but I'm old school and I have to wonder if it makes sense to disable it in those situations or just trust that smart people at Ford figured that stuff out already. Second, the Turbo -- Back in the day, we were taught to always idle for a bit after a highway drive to let the oil flow through the turbo's bearings and cool everything down before shutting off the engine. Is that still a thing? Do I want to sit in park and idle for a minute before shutting down? Does the start/stop computer take that into account as well? Third (and last for now) -- the Battery. In addition to the constant stopping and starting, I notice the accessory outlets are powered on when this machine is shut off. Between that and the computer and networking stuff it does, what if I park it for a few weeks in an airport parking lot? Are people having trouble with these cars draining down? Is there a shut off for all this stuff if the battery drops below a safe starting level?
  4. Chris Bode

    2017 2.0L ecoboost question

    Hello, Does anyone know if the 2.0 rolling in fusions these days is the twin scroll redesign that edge got a year or two back ? I'm still waiting on my factory order, build date was 6.22 and its still not here so I can't check myself.
  5. All, So first off I finally got our 2014 Ford Explorer Sport on Jan. 26, 2014 after ordering it on Black Friday. It's been one of the best cars as far as ride quality, comfort/amenities that I've owned in a long time....oh and did I mention it's a BLAST to drive. All this from a guy who is 36 years old and has owned 5 new GM trucks and a Yukon Denali in my life and at one point swore up and down that I would never buy a FORD But I do hope that the below issue I'm going to tell you about is fully resolved by my dealer and Ford to keep my trust in this company. BTW I now have 3500 miles on my vehicle. So I have some major concerns with some issues that I've been having lately. I wanted to bring it up here, because it's not a known issue, my dealer hasn't heard of it and I don't get ANY lights that come on when this happens. So here's the problem. About a month after owning it, I was travelling on the Highway....I was traveling about about 60mph ....I signaled to get over and gave it gas to speed up moderately to about 75mph or so. When I pressed on the gas the car basically almost stalled on me...it wasn't a transmission trying to think which gear to shift into issue, it was a straight choking of the gas and stuttering/hesitating until I let off the gas 2 times or so and then press down on the gas again and it takes off, but it a noticeable lose of power. This has happened now 4 times with this past weekend 3/30/2014 being the most recent. However the highway speed was the only high speed incident. The other 3 times that it occured were all in town, on one of them I was making a simple u-turn from a stop and when I pressed the gas (not heavily) to get up and out of the turn it stalled. The other time was passing to another lane and giving it some gas to speed up. This past Sunday I was travelling on a 2 lane road then changes to a 1 lane road approx. 100 yards after the stop lights. I was stopped behind a vehicle and when we started moving the vehicle in front was only going about 20-25mph in a 45mph zone. So I signaled and saw a van in the lane about 100 yards back so I pressed on the gas to get some speed to pass him before the lane ended and again nothing crazy just to get up to 45-50mph or so and the darn thing stalled on me again!!! This is now becoming a HUGE concern for me as I have 2 young daughters and a wife to worry about and I need a car that I'm confident in driving and need to know the power is on tap when needed to pass someone or to get out of the way if needed (like crossing a busy road where cross-traffic doesn't stop). Also the big concern I have now is that the family and I are planning on a cross-country road trip this summer from May 24-June 10 and we will be driving from Northern California to Niagra Falls and back stopping along several states of course and some more than just a night. Anyways as I've stated I'm already working with my dealership on this and I have a scheduled appointment next Tuesday to bring my vehicle in and keep it with them for a day to see if they can make it happen on their watch. Like I've mentioned no lights come on and after it happened the 2nd time I went to the dealership to pick up some items and while I was there I brought up the concern, and they hooked up a reader to see if they saw any error codes etc..and saw none. So I'm hoping and praying that they find something this time. I have even offered to stay with them for a couple hours and show them how I drive and try to make the issue happen again....so we'll see what they say. I wanted to get this out there to make everyone aware as well as to see if anyone else were having similar issues with their 2013 or 2014 Explorer Sport. I pray that a solution is found prior to hitting the road trip. Thanks!
  6. After owning 5 new GM vehicles.....I'm finally looking to go to the dark side : ) My wife and I found that the 2014 Explorer Sport offers all the things we are looking for in a new family SUV to keep our 5 year old and 3 month old safe during our travels. On that note we are looking to purchase the Explorer Sport next Wednesday 11/27/2013 and if someone could help us out with a X-Plan Pin we would sincerely appreciate it. My email is: mikedomingos1@hotmail.com I really came down to the Ford Explorer Sport, Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse......We really like the Audi Q7 and it was a great drive until I found out how much it cost for regular oil changes lol.
  7. Blue Oval Guide

    Ford EcoBoost Gets Serious About Racing

    Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Switches to Ford EcoBoost Power for 2014 United SportsCar Championship Season Ford bringing advanced technology of its 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost® engine to racing in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates switches to Ford’s powerful and efficient EcoBoost engines in pursuit of 8th championship in sports car racing Scott Pruett, the team’s lead driver, winner of 59 major sports car events, including a record five Rolex 24 At Daytona wins, returns to Ford, where he began his career Bringing modern engines to USCC program continues strategy of showcasing power and fuel-efficiency advantages of Ford’s global EcoBoost brand FORD ECOBOOST FORUM - Telca/TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS), winner of seven of the last 10 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Championships, will switch to the power and fuel-efficiency advantages of the new Ford EcoBoost sports car engine package starting next year. The announcement was made Tuesday during the Ford press conference at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. GGRFS will utilize Ford’s 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost® racing engine for the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (USCC), with Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas returning to pilot the team’s Riley Daytona Prototype starting with January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona race. Pruett and Rojas have combined for 27 victories since 2007. “We’re excited about Chip Ganassi Racing choosing Ford EcoBoost power going forward in sports cars,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “We believe they will be the perfect partner going forward to work with us to further develop the advantages of our EcoBoost engines.” Ford EcoBoost branding has appeared on various Ford race cars around the world the past two seasons as part of a strategy to raise brand awareness of the growing Ford line of production engines, which are now available in 1.0-liter, 1.5-liter, 1.6-liter, 2.0-liter and 3.5-liter versions. “This opportunity with our racing program will highlight the core advantages of Ford’s EcoBoost technology – its unbeatable combination of performance and fuel economy,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service and Lincoln. “Chip’s sports car team is a champion in the sport, and we look forward to having Scott Pruett behind the wheel of a Ford again showcasing the modern technology and advantages of EcoBoost, on and off the track.” Ford celebrated the building of its two millionth EcoBoost engine in September, and now versions of the award-winning powerplant are available in 90 percent of the vehicles Ford offers to consumers. “This new Ford EcoBoost race engine shares 70 percent of its parts with the 3.5-liter V6 engine that a customer can buy today in their Taurus SHO,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “This is Ford engine technology at is best – direct injection, turbocharging and high efficiency. And there may not be a better place to continue to develop and improve it than endurance sports car racing.” Ganassi Racing is one of the most well-known teams in professional racing today, fielding six major entries across the IZOD IndyCar, NASCAR Sprint Cup and USCC race series. “We are very excited to be switching to Ford power for our sports car program,” said Chip Ganassi. “Over the last 10 seasons we have been able to experience a great deal of success in GRAND-AM and now with the dawn of the new United SportsCar Championship we feel that Ford power will be a key ingredient to writing the next chapter of our sports car program. I can’t wait for the 24 hours of Daytona to get here.” With CGRFS, Ford adds a team that has not only won 17 championships at the top levels of North American motor sports, but also has five Rolex 24 At Daytona wins to its credit, including a win in January. “Partnering with Chip and his championship-caliber organization in this new sports car series is a critical ingredient to our Ford EcoBoost program in USCC,” said Allison. “Chip's team has a legacy of winning in endurance sports car racing, excellent technical capabilities, and race proven experiences – all elements we were looking for to field our Ford EcoBoost racing program. “All of us at Ford and Ford fans are thrilled to have Scott Pruett return to Ford at this stage of his career. He is a champion, and his record as a driver speaks for itself, and we know he will be a great asset as we develop this program in the coming years.” Pruett returns to Ford, where he started in 1985 with two races in the IMSA GTO series. He was signed to run full-time as a Ford factory driver in 1986 and promptly won four IMSA and SCCA Trans-Am championships in three years before moving to Indy car racing. His two career Indy car wins also came with Ford power, and his one full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series came behind the wheel of a Ford Taurus. “Coming back to Ford is the perfect way to bookend my career,” said Pruett. “To be honest, without Ford, there is no Scott Pruett. Ford gave me the chance to drive my first real race car – the front-engine Mustang GTP in 1983 – and then they were willing to take a chance on me when no one else did in 1985 and 1986.” “It’s exciting to be back with them to work on an exciting new program like the Ford EcoBoost engine effort. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel in off-season testing and feel what I have been hearing all about.” Ford recently announced as part of its continuing strategy to introduce product-relevant technology into racing, the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost® racing engine would enter the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series. Michael Shank Racing was the first team to sign up to campaign the engine, and MSR recently took the engine and the new-look Daytona Prototype car – created with Ford corporate design influence – to Daytona, where driver Colin Braun set a new closed course speed record of 222.971 mph, as well as FIA records for standing start 10-mile and 10-kilometer runs.
  8. What changes, additions, deletions would you suggest to Ford for future Ford Fusion? Include the version (Gas, Hybrid or Energi) and trim level (if applicable).
  9. Any Idea when Ford dealer's will see a Fiesta ST on the lots here in North America ? Heard there might be a hold on them at the plant any truth to that ? I've had one on order since Spring so ANY info would be fun to have Thanks RM
  10. HI! SO glad I found this forum! I'm hoping someone out there wants to see me in a new Escape SEL with the 2L EcoBoost engine! I test drove one the other night and love how the new escape handles- much better than its predecessor! Anyway, I'm hoping to visit the dealership tonight and to take possession before the end of July. Please email or PM and I'll reply promptly. THANKS!!
  11. Another Ford Event comes to Maryland tomorrow Saturday June 29 at: FedExField 1600 FedEx Way Landover, MD 20785 I'll be there early Saturday! But it is also in many locations around the country: Pre-registration is live at fordecoboostchallengedrive.com. Space is limited and available on first-come, first-served basis. Events will open at 9 a.m. and run all day through 6 p.m. in most markets. Locations and dates are: Boston, Gillette Stadium, June 22 Washington, D.C., FedEx Field, June 29 Chicago, Arlington Park, June 29 San Francisco, Golden Gate Fields, July 13 Los Angeles, Rose Bowl, July 20 New York City, Citi Field, August 17 Charlotte, Charlotte Motor Speedway, August 24 Atlanta, Turner Field, September 7 Dallas, Cowboys Stadium, September 7 Orlando, Orange County Convention Center, September 14 Houston, Sam Houston Race Park, September 14 Miami, Gulfstream Park, September 21 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Canterbury Park, September 21 The Ford EcoBoost Challenge will "allow customers to drive the Ford Fusion and Escape head-to-head against the competition while experiencing how EcoBoost technology delivers unparalleled fuel economy and power. Participants will also have a chance to drive the all-new Fiesta ST, before it is available in dealerships. The tour, beginning in June, will head to 13 markets nationally." Maps and registrations: http://www.fordecoboostchallengedrive.com/Map.aspx Official News: http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=38113
  12. Before it’s been released to the public we got to drive the new Fiesta ST on a great little autocross for free – and YOU CAN TOO – at the Ford Ecoboost Challenge Drive, coming to 12 more cities across the United States this summer. Sign up here - http://http://www.fordecoboostchallengedrive.com/ Washington, D.C., FedEx Field, June 29 Chicago, Arlington Park, June 29 San Francisco, Golden Gate Fields, July 13 Los Angeles, Rose Bowl, July 20 New York City, Citi Field, August 17 Charlotte, Charlotte Motor Speedway, August 24 Atlanta, Turner Field, September 7 Dallas, Cowboys Stadium, September 7 Orlando, Orange County Convention Center, September 14 Houston, Sam Houston Race Park, September 14 Miami, Gulfstream Park, September 21 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Canterbury Park, September 21 Read our adventure article here - http://http://www.fifteen52.us/project-st/ford-ecoboost-challenge-drive-st-performance-academy Gallery from the Boston Event - http://http://www.fifteen52.us/project-st/gallery-ford-ecoboost-challenge-drive-boston/ Sign up here - http://http://www.fordecoboostchallengedrive.com/
  13. drob23

    1.0 Ecoboost in NA?

    Apologies for reposting this here, but this seems to be the most active area of the forum. Anyone know about the 1.0 Ecoboost release in North America? Ford was showing it off at NAIAS, and formally announce its debut on the 2014 Fiesta in NA. Well, now that the 2014 fiesta ordering info is live on the website, I see no mention of 1.0 ecoboost availability/pricing/optioning? I'm really hoping to get a barebones hatchback with 5MT and 1.0L engine for a seriously awesome commuter
  14. Blue Oval Guide

    Ford Ecoboost Owner Forums

    If you're looking for community specific EcoBoost sites for your Ford or Lincoln, we have you covered. Please check out one of our sites below: Choose Your Weapon! Ford Ecoboost Forum (your BlueOvalForums.com user name and password will work here too) Ford Edge Ecoboost Forum Ford Escape Ecoboost Forum Ford F150 Ecoboost Forum (your BlueOvalForums.com user name and password will work here too) Ford Fusion Ecoboost Forum
  15. robertlane

    Welcome!

    Welcome to the Ecoboost section on Blue Oval Forums. Previous to this forum, we simply directed traffic to our partner Ecoboost sites, which can be listed below this post if you're interested. We hope that you'll share you Ecoboost experience, mod & tech questions here as well. Ecoboost Owners Edge Ecoboost Owners Escape Ecoboost Owners F150 Ecoboost Owners Fusion Ecoboost Owners
  16. Hi: I am awaiting the delivery of my 2012 F150 XLT 4X4 Reg. Cab with Ecoboost engine in Green Gem w/ chrome running boards and bedliner. Factory ordered on 4/9. It will be my third F150, but my first brand new with the help of the X-plan pricing I was eligible for! Thank you Giant Food Stores and Ford!!
  17. Ford’s Cleveland Engine Plant Starts Third Shift to Meet Growing Demand for Fuel-Efficient EcoBoost V6 Engines Ford adds third shift at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 to meet demand for its popular, fuel-efficient V6 engines – including EcoBoost® engines, the cornerstone of Ford’s commitment to deliver affordable fuel economy to millions The third shift, requiring approximately 250 jobs, primarily will be filled by employees transferring from Cleveland Engine Plant No. 2, which is ending production Ford’s 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engines built at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 power Ford Taurus, F-150 and Flex; and Lincoln MKS and MKT; the Cleveland-built 3.7-liter V6 engines power Mustang and F-150 Click on graphic to download PDF. FORD ECOBOOST FORUM – Growing customer demand for cars and trucks powered by Ford’s fuel-efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost® and 3.7-liter V6 engines brings a third shift of engine production to Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 beginning Monday. “Our engine plant in Cleveland is the first and only facility in North America to produce EcoBoost engines, and we are tripling production capacity to meet customers’ growing needs for fuel-efficient engines,” said Mark Fields, president of The Americas, at an employee celebration at the plant today.” EcoBoost engines are a key part of our plan to give customers the power of choice – from EcoBoost-powered vehicles and hybrids to plug-in hybrids and full electrics.” Introduced in 2009 on the Ford Taurus SHO and Lincoln MKS, EcoBoost technology combines direct injection and turbocharging. This solution has been popular with customers, who have purchased 180,000 Cleveland-built 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engines since 2009. In 2011, Ford sold a record 121,000 vehicles equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engines when F-150 began offering an EcoBoost option. In first-quarter 2012 alone, Ford sold more than 39,000 vehicles equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, representing more than a 285 percent increase from the first quarter of 2011. Cleveland Engine’s 3.7-liter V6 serves as the base engine for two iconic Ford vehicles – Mustang and F-150 – and is a favorite among customers. The F-150 3.7-liter V6 outsells all other competitive V6 full-size trucks and carries an EPA fuel economy rating of 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The Ford Mustang equipped with the 3.7-liter V6 and available six-speed transmission broke new ground as the most fuel-efficient Mustang ever with 31 mpg highway and 19 mpg city. The 250 jobs being added in Cleveland for running the third shift primarily will be filled by employees transferring from Cleveland Engine Plant No. 2, which is scheduled to end production later this week. Later this month, Ford will add one shift of F-150 production at its Kansas City Assembly Plant, allowing the company to better meet increasing demand for America’s best-selling vehicle.
  18. http://media.ford.com/news/fordstartsvolumevehicleproductioninromanianewfordb-maxfirstoffthelineatcraiovaplant.htm so any idea what this engine is? an I-4? a larger I-3? with current EcoBoost tech of 125hp per liter it would make 190hp, vs the 1.6's 180hp. or ~120hp N/A If it is an I-3 expect decent gain in economy over the 1.6 I-4.
  19. Ordered a Reg Cab XLT 4X4 w/EcoBoost in Green Gem w/Two tone paint and Chrome running boards on 4/9. Should have gone into production on 5/7. I am awaiting confirmation of that and an estimated ship/delivery date. I wish there was a better tracking system for such an expenscve purchase--like how UPS can track millions of packages a day. Has anyone seen a Green Gem F150 live? I have only seen pictures and the online BYO rendering--but I love green so I ordered the color. So looking forward to my first Brand new F150, which will be my third! --BigJoe57
  20. All-New Ford Escape with EcoBoost Engine EPA-Certified at 33 MPG, the Most Fuel Efficient Small SUV on Market All-new Ford Escape certified by U.S. EPA at class-leading 33 mpg with an automatic transmission, which is preferred by the majority of American drivers; all Escape engine offerings achieve 30 mpg or better on the highway Escape’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost® engine is 2 mpg better than the Honda CR-V and 5 mpg better than Toyota RAV4 on the highway New Escape delivers 5 mpg better than the previous model and better highway fuel economy than the outgoing Escape Hybrid FORD ESCAPE FORUM - The new Ford Escape is certified by the U.S. EPA as the most fuel efficient small SUV with an automatic. The Escape’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost® engine is certified at 33 mpg – 2 mpg better than the Honda CR-V and 5 mpg better than Toyota RAV4. Click here to down this is a PDF format. All three engines in the new Escape are EPA-certified at 30-plus mpg on the highway. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost, certified at 30 mpg on the highway, beats the Toyota RAV4 by 3 mpg and the Chevrolet Equinox by 6 mpg. “The fuel economy of the all-new Escape showcases the continued success of Ford’s development of smaller, yet more powerful engines, “ said Raj Nair, group vice president, Ford Global Product Development. “Ford understands people want fuel-efficient vehicles without sacrificing power and space requirements.” Escape’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine – offered for the first time in North America – delivers 33 mpg highway and 23 mpg city, produces 178 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, topping the Mazda CX-5 by more than 20 horsepower and 30 lb.-ft. of torque. Those looking for maximum power coupled with solid fuel efficiency can opt for the 2.0-liter EcoBoost with 30 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost delivers 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. It is also rated at 3,500 pounds towing, which leads the pack for small, turbocharged SUVs. The Escape’s 2.5-liter offers 31 mpg on the highway – a 3 mpg improvement over the outgoing standard engine – and 22 mpg in the city. EcoBoost engines are standard in the SE, SEL and Titanium editions. The SE and SEL models come with the 1.6L standard and the Titanium comes with the 2.0-liter. The 2.5-liter is available in the S edition. With the EPA certification, the Escape is the latest vehicle to join Ford’s fuel-efficient lineup. Ford now offers eight vehicles with 40 mpg or more and 11 vehicles with fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines. Top fuel economy and performance EcoBoost engines are at the core of Ford’s plan to offer outstanding fuel efficiency for millions of drivers. By 2013, more than 90 percent of Ford’s North American lineup will be available with EcoBoost technology. Ford also holds more than 125 patents on EcoBoost engine technology. Both new Escape engines combine EcoBoost’s core technologies of direct fuel injection and turbocharging and add twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to deliver even better miles per gallon and save customers money on fuel. In Escape, EcoBoost engines are mated to specially calibrated, six-speed SelectShift Automatic® transmissions, which are standard. Drivers who want more hands-on experiences can manually control gear selection from a switch on the left-hand side of the shifter. Improved aerodynamics Fuel efficiency in the new Escape is helped by a new Active Grille Shutter System. Positioned between the grille opening and the radiator, the shutter is monitored by the engine control module. The grille automatically opens and closes to maintain the ideal operating temperature and optimize aerodynamics. The new Escape arrives in U.S. dealerships next month. In addition to class-leading fuel efficiency, Escape features a liftgate with motion-sensing technology similar to video games’ and an upgraded MyFord Touch® system that makes connecting with digital devices even easier. The Escape is built at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky.
  21. Size Matters: EcoBoost Gives Ford the Industry Lead in Reducing Engine Size Without Giving Up Performance Ford offers seven vehicles with the smallest engines in their segments – more than any other competitor Powered by EcoBoost®CO2 emissions while delivering the performance customers demand technology, Ford’s smaller engines help reduce vehicle weight for better fuel economy and lower Ford’s smallest engine yet, the EcoBoost 1.0-liter three-cylinder, debuts in North America about a year from now Ford Ecoboost Forum – For decades, size meant everything when it came to engines – bigger was better and there was no replacement for displacement. But volatile gasoline prices and growing consumer interest in clean technologies are turning that notion on its head. Today, buyers are snapping up cars and trucks powered by smaller engines that offer better fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance. When the EcoBoost®-equipped 2013 Fusion, Escape and 2.0-liter Taurus arrive on dealer lots this spring and summer, Ford will offer an industry-leading seven vehicles with the smallest engines in their segments – more than any competitor. Ford’s new global family of EcoBoost engines offer customers more affordable, high-efficiency powertrain choices, along with Ford’s growing lineup of hybrid and electric models. On average, an EcoBoost engine can improve fuel economy by as much as 20 percent, yet it costs around $1,000 on most vehicles. Available now in displacements of 1.6, 2.0 and 3.5 liters, Ford’s EcoBoost engines are designed to offer drivers outstanding performance in everything from economy cars to trucks. Most of the Ford vehicles with the smallest engines in their segments – 2013 Escape and 2013 Fusion (1.6 liters); Explorer, Edge and Taurus (2.0 liters); and Interceptor and F-150 (3.5 liters) – deliver the same or greater power than the larger, heavier engines in competitive vehicles, along with higher fuel economy. Replacing large engines with smaller-displacement EcoBoost engines is one way Ford is delivering on its promise to lead or be among the leaders in fuel economy in every segment in which it competes. As with cell phones, laptops and other consumer electronics, Ford’s engines will continue to shrink – yet become more powerful – in the coming years. The next new EcoBoost engine scheduled for launch in North America, a 1.0-liter three-cylinder coming in 2013, will be Ford’s smallest yet. This compact, innovative engine – which is the same length as the average laptop computer – is rated at 125 horsepower, making it one of the highest output-per-liter regular production engines Ford has ever made. This year, Ford Motor Company will offer EcoBoost engines in 12 Ford and Lincoln nameplates – Focus ST, 2013 Fusion and Escape, Taurus, Interceptor, Flex, Edge, Explorer and F-150, as well as the latest Lincoln MKT and MKS models and the all-new Lincoln MKZ.. By 2015, the company plans to offer an EcoBoost engine on 90 percent of its North American nameplates. Light + small + power = better In addition to developing more horsepower per liter than the larger engines they are replacing, EcoBoost motors are helping Ford reduce vehicle weight, which improves handling and braking and helps increase fuel economy. The 2013 Escape and Fusion models provide a graphic example of why Ford’s new generation of smaller, lighter and more powerful engines are better. In the 2012 Escape and Fusion, the 3.0-liter V6 engine is rated at 240 horsepower and 223 lb.-ft. of torque. That engine weighs 340 pounds. The new 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that is optional in the 2013 Escape and Fusion is rated at 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque and it weighs 295 pounds, 45 pounds less than the old 3.0-liter. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine available in both vehicles delivers 178 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft of torque and weighs just 223 pounds. Since launching EcoBoost in summer 2009, Ford has sold more than 180,000 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles in North America, making it the most rapidly adopted fuel-saving technology in recent automotive history. According to Ward’s sales data, it took Toyota 50 months, for example, to sell 100,000 gasoline-electric hybrids in North America. And Ford’s EcoBoost lineup outsells all competitors’ diesel, compressed natural gas and battery-electric cars combined. EcoBoost is a suite of technologies that combines turbocharging with direct injection, variable valve timing and precise engine controls to increase the power output and efficiency of the gasoline internal combustion engine. The increased power output enables Ford to replace a V8 engine with a V6, a V6 with a four-cylinder and a four-cylinder with a three-cylinder – with no loss of performance. “The F-150 is a great example of how EcoBoost is changing the way customers think of our engines,” said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of Powertrain Engineering. “Before we launched the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, few people would have believed a V6 was tough enough to get the job done in a full-size truck. The last time a six-cylinder engine outsold a V8 in the F-150 was in the late 1980s. “But with 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, towing capacity as much as 11,300 pounds and EPA highway fuel economy of 22 mpg, the EcoBoost V6 has quickly become the top-selling engine in the F-150,” said Bakaj. Just over 40 percent of F-150s are sold with an EcoBoost engine, he added. EcoBoost Edge is another small-engine success story. With a nearly 20 percent take rate, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost-powered Edge is exceeding sales projections. Ford EcoBoost engines are also proving popular in Europe, where the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter four-cylinder units are offered across several nameplates, and the all-new 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost has met with unanimous acclaim. At next week’s Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress at Cobo Center in Detroit, Ford executives will be giving presentations that outline Ford Motor Company’s powertrain strategy.
  22. All-New 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost Engine Further Extends Advanced EcoBoost Technology in China The all-new engine will debut in China in the all-new Ford EcoSport – offering the performance of a conventional 1.6-litre engine with less than 140g/km CO2 emissions The fuel-efficient three-cylinder broadens the range of EcoBoost™ engines in China – the new Mondeo is currently available with a 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder while the all-new Ford Kuga will feature 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre EcoBoost engines This newest and smallest member of the global family of EcoBoost engines features advanced turbo-charging technology, improved twin independent variable camshaft timing and intelligent ancillaries to deliver performance that belies its small size Ford Ecoboost Forum – Ford is expanding its advanced EcoBoost™ powertrain technology in China with the addition of its newest and smallest-ever EcoBoost engine. With only three cylinders and 1.0 litre of displacement, the latest EcoBoost engine will provide fuel-efficient power for the all-new Ford EcoSport. Despite its smaller capacity and proportions, the engine delivers power and performance that will rival a traditional 1.6-litre petrol engine while emitting less than 140g/km CO2. It will have 88 kW of power and 170 Nm of torque. Mated to a five-speed manual transmission, it will give the Ford EcoSport a footprint that is small enough for urban driving yet robust enough for a trip out of the city. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost uses turbocharging and direct fuel injection to extract impressive levels of power and fuel efficiency from its three-cylinder engine block, which is so small that it can fit on a sheet of A4 paper. This combination of power and low CO2 emissions is unmatched by competitors in its segment. Ultimately, this all-new engine will be made available in Ford models in Asia, Europe, North America and other regions. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder is the latest addition to Ford’s family of EcoBoost engines in China. The new Mondeo currently features a 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder while the all-new Ford Kuga will launch with a 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine as well as the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine. Downsized EcoBoost engines feature turbocharging, direct injection and other technologies and replace larger engines with no loss of performance and with lower fuel consumption. “China was one of the first markets in Asia to enjoy the progressive EcoBoost technology,” said Kumar Galhotra, vice president, Product Development, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. “The introduction of the small-but-potent 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine demonstrates Ford’s continued commitment to bring the latest powertrains that deliver superior fuel economy and reduced carbon dioxide emissions to China.” Compact and responsive Developed at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre in the U.K., the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine features a new compact, high performance turbocharger design. The extremely fast response of the turbocharger and its ability to reach nearly 250,000 rpm results in virtually no turbo lag and peak torque of 170 Nm from 1,300-4,500 rpm. This high torque supports a fuel-efficient driving style and delivers a good performance feel and diesel-like torque experience. The all-new EcoBoost engine also features an exhaust manifold cast into the cylinder head, which lowers the temperature of the exhaust gases and in turn enables the engine to run with the optimum fuel-to-air ratio across a wider rev band. An advanced “split cooling” system reduces fuel consumption by warming the engine more quickly and – unique to the 1.0 engine –cast iron has been selected for the block, reducing the amount of energy needed for warm-up by up to 50 per cent compared with aluminium. Intelligent ancillaries such as a variable air-conditioning compressor and oil pump also reduce demand on the engine – improving economy and emissions – while special coatings for engine components and intricate development of engine geometry result in minimal frictional losses. Like its larger-capacity siblings, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine will use twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to further improve performance and economy. Ford has also employed an all-new camshaft actuator to speed up response times without sacrificing durability. “The 1.0-litre EcoBoost delivers great low-speed responsiveness, power, torque and smoothness,” said Galhotra. “To produce an engine with such impressive performance and fuel economy clearly reflects our commitment to be class-leading in fuel economy around the world." Smooth and refined In the all-new 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine, the emphasis in development has been on delivering both smooth and refined performance. Engine refinement is improved thanks to an innovative design that immerses the two main engine drive belts in oil – resulting in quieter and more efficient running but with the durability of a chain. Careful attention has also been paid to mitigating the natural vibrations of the three-cylinder design. Rather than employ the traditional method of adding energy-draining balancer shafts, Ford engineers have deliberately “unbalanced” the flywheel and pulley to offset the engine configuration. Ford believes these innovations combined with optimised engine mounts will deliver a truly refined performance feel perfected during 720,000 kilometres of tests – including 360,000 kilometres of durability trials and 10,000 kilometres of environmental testing. “Fitted with a long list of innovative technologies, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost is one of the most technically advanced and efficient engines Ford has ever designed and produced,” said Galhotra. “This new engine demonstrates Ford’s laser focus on improving fuel economy without compromising performance. It will be an engine that not only surprises and delights our customers but also offers them great value in the lower cost of ownership.”
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