Boost for Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoostPOSTED BY Ayisy Yusof ON 24 June 2015
THE Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost has garnered the “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” for the fourth consecutive year at the 2015 International Engine of the Year Awards.
A panel of 87 automotive journalists from 35 countries chose the engine due to its drivability, performance, economy, refinement and technology.
Last year, it was the first engine to be named overall International Engine of the Year three times in a row, as well as getting the “Best New Engine” award in 2012.
Ford Europe vice-president of product development Joe Bakaj said: “The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine changed the game for small petrol engines and we’re proud it remains best in class despite a growing number of competitors. The spirit of innovation that helped us create this engine is alive and well and we continue to develop new engines.”
Produced in Cologne in Germany, Craiova in Romania and Chongqing in China, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is now available in 72 countries worldwide.
Since its introduction, the engine has also been awarded the International Paul Pietsch Award 2013 for technological innovation in Germany, the Royal Academy of Engineering Colin Campbell Mitchell Award, the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club in Britain and the Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics magazine in the United States.
On top of that, Ford is the first automaker to win the Ward’s 10 Best Engines trophy for a three-cylinder engine.
Ford Europe advanced powertrain manager Carsten Weber said: “Even for an aggressively downsized engine such as the 1.0-litre EcoBoost, a significant improvement in vehicle fuel economy could be found by exploiting cylinder deactivation. The highest priority in the development of new combustion engines for automotive applications is the ongoing reduction of fuel consumption.”
Globally, Ford’s range of powerful yet fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines includes 1.5-litre, 1.6 litre, 2.0-litre and 2.3-litre four-cylinder engines, and 2.7-litre and 3.5-litre V6 engines. The latter is being developed to power the all-new Ford GT supercar that will see the company return to racing in Le Mans in 2016.
In Malaysia, EcoBoost engines are available in the Fiesta with a 1.0-litre EcoBoost, the Fiesta ST and Kuga with a 1.6-litre EcoBoost, and the Focus ST, Mondeo and S-Max with a 2.0-litre EcoBoost.
“Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost remains one of the finest examples of engine downsizing. This three-cylinder shows there is still a way to go for the internal combustion engine,” said Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the 17th International Engine of the Year Awards that were held in Stuttgart, Germany.