Friday, 11 May 2012 2:13 PM
Ford's EcoBoost engine has proven a great success for the blue oval badge, as well as offering many miles of eco-friendly motoring. Low on emissions, frugal on fuel economy but still packing plenty of pep and power, it is no wonder the customers are liking them.
With this in mind, Ford has announced it plans to triple the production of cars with the efficient EcoBoost engine. They're aiming to have around 480,000 a year rolling off the production lines in Wales, Romania and Germany by 2015. Last year, they produced 141,000 of these engines.
The people of Bridgend, Wales, will welcome the local security with around 400,000 of these slated to be 1.6-litre EcoBoost engines which are made in this fine Welsh town between now and 2015. In Craiova, Romania, and Cologne, Germany, Ford is looking to produce 800,000 1.0-litre versions in the same timeframe. The bigger 2.0-litre version is made in Valencia, Spain.
This boost in EcoBoost production is set to coincide with Ford offering the engine in more cars across the model line-up. Currently, five models come with the EcoBoost option but Ford hopes to double this to 10 by 2015. This means, potentially, EcoBoost engines could be powering more than half of Ford's petrol-powered cars in Europe.
If you're keen to buy cars with British built engines from Bridgend, the EcoBoost powertrains from Wales are used on the Ford Focus, C-MAX, Grand C-MAX, Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy models sold in the UK and Europe. And proving British brains are still contributing to this green revolution, the EcoBoost technology was developed by UK powertrain engineers at the Ford Dunton Technical Centre and Ford Dagenham engine plant in Essex.
By Georgia Lewis
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