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 |  May 01 2012, 1:28 PM

When we wrote about the new Ford Focus price tag and engine options, we talked about it’s impressive 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Now we’ve learned more about the ‘overboost’ feature that allows for those incredibly high numbers.

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 |  Mar 28 2012, 1:44 PM

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Adding the to product range, Ford has unveiled the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport, a performance geared model which the company claims has the “highest projected fuel economy among gasoline-engine-powered, high- performance SUVs.”

The new Explorer Sport package will be powered by the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 Ecoboost engine which will make at least 350 hp. “Adding an EcoBoost drivetrain to Explorer Sport delivers even more fuel efficiency and performance to the lineup,” said Bill Gubing, Explorer chief engineer. “This is our highest- performance, most capable Ford Explorer ever.”

Ford expects the Explorer Sport to get 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. The engine will be mated to a six speed SelectShift automatic transmission, which can be controlled by optional paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

For performance, the Explorer Sport will get larger brakes, a solid-mounted electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) rack with a faster ratio for better steering, and a stiffened, reinforced chassis.

For exterior looks, the Sport package gets a special low-gloss Sterling Gray grill, 20-inch painted and machined wheels, blacked out headlights and taillights, black roof rails and sideview mirror skull caps.

The interior styling is inspired by high fashion, namely designs that can be found on Prada and Balenciaga products. Charcoal black leather seats are available with or without contrasting Sienna inserts. Leather also wraps the steering wheel while the floor mats are stitched with Sport badges.

As an entrant to the sport SUV segment, the Explorer Sport is looking to compete with the likes of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport. The SRT8 makes 470 hp while the Range Rover makes 510 hp. The Ford will be a little on the light side in the power department, but if it can deliver a truly sporty feel, it may well take some of the market thanks to its fuel efficiency.

The Ford Explorer Sport will arrive in dealerships later this year.

GALLERY: 2013 Ford Explorer Sport

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 |  Mar 28 2012, 10:02 AM

Ford Motor Company has announced that it is pursuing a number of avenues aimed at easing the financial burden on small businesses and fleet companies, many of which are feeling the pinch of current gas prices.

A big aspect of Ford’s plan will be the introduction of a North American version of the ubiquitous Ford Transit commercial van, designed to supplement the long-running E-Series (née Econoline).

When it begins production at the Kansas City, Miss. assembly plant next year, the Americanized Transit will be offered with Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and also a diesel engine (though the automaker has yet to provide specifics on what this oil burning motor will be).

As a result, Ford says the Transit will achieve around 25 percent better fuel economy than the current E-Series, which is no doubt welcome news to many fleet operators.

In addition, during the Automotive Press Association conference in Detroit this week, Ford’s director of North American fleet, leasing and re-marketing programs, Kevin Koswick, said that the automaker is committed to providing a range of options to help fleets lower their operating costs. Besides introducing more fuel thrifty vehicles like the Transit, that also includes alternative fuel sources such as hybrid, plug-in hybrid, pure electric, biodiesel and Compressed Natural Gas (which the current E-Series vans are designed to run on besides gasoline).

Also, in order to enable fleet operators to better keep track of their costs and monitor emissions output, Ford is also introducing a new tool dubbed the “Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Cost Calculator.”

This shows, via information such as the type of vehicle used, the type of driving situations, as well as local traffic conditions and energy sources available in a particular location, a  specific map of fleet fuel consumption and emissions output.

The idea is that fleets can make an informed decision as to which type of vehicles they use and for what purpose when it comes to reducing costs and impact on the environment.

The proprietary program, which must be used in conjunction with the support of a Ford representative, enables customized scenarios to be created for fleet customers, using special formulas and variables to determine the actual level of environmental impact and fuel costs of specific vehicles.

 |  Feb 23 2012, 8:32 AM

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It almost sounds strange to hear Ford is working on a 1.0L, three-cylinder engine – especially one that could potentially make 177-hp. Gone are the days of having to rely on large V8 engines for performance, as technology pushes the envelope on smaller and more efficient powerplants with turbochargers.

Possibly next on the EcoBoost line of engines is a high-performance variant of the 1.0L EcoBoost engine says vehicle line director Gunnar Herrmann, delivering as much as 177-hp. Currently the regular 1.0L produces 123-hp, but by mating it with an efficient turbocharger the American automaker could be pumping out 54-hp more. The rumor currently has the EcoBoost engine featuring an electric supercharger that will feed the turbocharger found in the current 1.6L EcoBoost engine.

No torque figures were estimated, but it is feasible that Ford could produce anywhere from 175 to 200 lb-ft of torque. And while 177-hp won’t exactly blow the doors off of many cars these days, it would be a formidable engine under the hood of a Fiesta or even a Focus.

There are also rumors that Ford is working on a 2.3L EcoBoost with a possible 320-hp.

[Source: AutoCar]

 |  Jan 26 2012, 1:00 PM

As it aims to meet ever stringent Corporate Average Fuel Economy Targets, Ford Motor Company continues with its march to introduce still more smaller displacement, turbocharged and direct injected EcoBoost engines into its North American product lineup.

From seven models available with EcoBoost technology last year, the number will increase to 11 for 2012, with the Focus, 2013 Ford Escape and Fusion as well as Ford’s new Police Interceptor joining the ranks.

For the Escape and the Fusion, which currently represent the volume segments, Ford will offer both 1.6 and 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engines, with a 2.0-liter unit also set aside for the compact Focus.

The Taurus based Interceptor meanwhile, will receive a version of the 365 horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, currently doing duty in the SHO.

“Ford is committed to delivering class-leading fuel economy for our customers, which benefits the environment and helps the U.S. move toward greater energy independence,” declared Sue Cischke, Ford’s group vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering in response to EcoBoost expansion.

“Availability in high-volume nameplates such as the all-new Ford Escape and Fusion will take this affordable, fuel-saving technology to the heart of the market,” she said.

The proliferation of EcoBoost engines in 2012 should help Ford to deliver EPA fuel mileage targets of 40 miles per gallon or more across nine different models by the end of the year, certainly helping its chances of meeting tough CAFE regs of 35.5 mpg for both passenger cars and light trucks.

Read AutoGuide’s 2012 Ford Explorer EcoBoost Review Here

 |  Dec 30 2011, 8:29 AM

5. 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv


What’s the best car of 2012? Who knows. Is a Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 better than a Ferrari 458 Italia? What about the Scion FR-S? Or a Prius Plug-in Hybrid? The past year has seen the launch of numerous excellent vehicles, including some we really didn’t expect to be any good. That said, we’ve put together our list of the top five surprisingly good cars of 2012, starting with the updated Mazda3.

We thoroughly enjoyed the new 3 (read our 2012 Mazda3 review here), something that’s not at all surprising at first. What is more of a shock is that it was Mazda’s new Skyactiv model, designed primarily for fuel economy, and that it managed to deliver in that department while sticking true to the brand’s Zoom-Zoom slogan.

Adding to our reasons for placing this car on our list of surprisingly good cars is the technology behind it. At both a preview event and the actual drive, Mazda gave us a deep-dive into the engineering solutions behind its new SkyActiv technologies, rethinking every aspect of the engine and transmission for this updated model. When Ford sold off its shares in Mazda recently many skeptics proclaimed that in this new era a smaller company like Mazda couldn’t possibly hope to be competitive without a large partner like, say, Toyota. But Mazda has proved them wrong, not only competing, but perhaps delivering the the only 40 mpg car that’s actually fun to drive.

 |  Dec 28 2011, 9:15 AM

10. Fiat Returns to America


As another calendar year draws to a close it’s time to take a look back at the top 10 biggest stories of the year in the auto industry. It’s been a busy 12 months, starting all the way back in March when the Fiat 500 officially went on sale, marking the return of the brand to America. The last time an Italian car was sold here that didn’t cost six figures (or close to it) was 27 years ago. Since then, Fiat has introduced the 500C convertible model and most recently the Fiat 500 Abarth, aimed at enthusiasts.

The jury is still out on the Fiat brand’s success in North America, although the first year has failed to live up to expectations, with Fiat predicting sales of 50,000 units, while according to automotive data firm GoodCarBadCar only 17,444 have been sold in the first 11 months of the year (add 5,000 more if you include Canada). Some of this may be the result of Fiat’s marketing initiative with several ads featuring Jenifer Lopez, which the Fiat faithful rejected and many believe cost the brand boss Laura Souve her job. Getting the Fiat dealer network up and running also proved a challenge.

With more models coming, and Alfa Romeo set to return in 2013, Fiat is here to say. More importantly, perhaps, is the Fiat connection to Chrysler – a company it saved from bankruptcy and which it is now slowly rebuilding back into a profitable automaker.

 |  Dec 09 2011, 6:00 PM

For decades, we’ve known Ford crate engines to be huge V8 powerplants packing plenty of cubic inches and power. But Ford has been quietly offering a 2.0L inline-four from its old Focus for midget racers but very few even paid attention to that option.

Now Ford has added their new-generation 2.0L Focus engine and looks to add an EcoBoost variant in the future. Ford announced a pair of new V8 crate motors for 2012, adding a 347 pushrod motor based on the historic Boss 302 block. With 363-cubic inches, it packs 500-hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. The other new crate engine is a 427-cubic inch powerplant and is based on Ford’s Boss 351 engine block. With Ford Racing’s X-heads system, it makes 500-hp and 520 lb-ft of torque.

But the new addition of the 2.0L inline-four from the Focus is what’s making headlines, with its 160-hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. The naturally aspirated engine will be complemented by EcoBoost offerings which means turbocharged power for all. The 2.0L EcoBoost for example in the new Explorer makes 240-hp and 270 lb-ft of torque which suddenly becomes a very appealing engine for small race cars to mid-sized boats.

Unfortunately Ford hasn’t announced availability on the EcoBoost crate engines.

[Source: Automobile Mag]

 |  Oct 11 2011, 9:45 AM

Remember the Ford Mustang SVO with it’s turbocharged engine? The Blue Oval might just dust off that old badge for a new forced induction ‘Stang, but it won’t be a turbo 4-cylinder. In fact, with earlier confirmation that the Mustang will get an Ecoboost engine, it might not be a version of the SHO’s twin-turbo 3.5L V6 either.

Instead, there’s another option for Ford, with an announcement that the company’s Lima, Ohio, engine plant will build a small displacement V6. But an EcoBoost V6? Perhaps.

While Ford won’t confirm any details the new mill is expected to be in the 2.5L to 3.0L range, with power around 300-hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. After all, output would have to sit somewhere between the EcoBoost 2.0L with 247-hp and 266 lb-ft and the 3.5L V6 with 365-hp and 420 lb-ft. Along with the Mustang, the new small EcoBoost V6 could replace all 3.5L and 3.7L V6 engines in everything from the Fusion to the Taurus, as well as the Edge, Explorer, F-150 and yes, even the Mustang.

[Source: Car&Driver]

 |  Oct 04 2011, 2:54 PM

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The next generation Ford Escape is set to make its debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and the decade-old SUV is set to be replaced by a much more modern crossover with three new engines.

Styling-wise, the new Escape should mimic the Vertrek concept (above) that originally debuted at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show in January, but the latest announcement comes regarding the new Escape’s powertrains.

Ford’s venerable 2.5L four cylinder will stay in the lineup, but a pair of Ecoboost four-cylinder engines, displacing 1.6L and 2.0L will also be on offer. We expect the Ecoboost motors to be the “premium” offerings, with the 2.0L, 237-horsepower engine being the performance offering of the range. Ford also said that the 1.6L example will beat the Escape Hybrid’s 31 mpg highway rating. Stay tuned to AutoGuide for live coverage of the Los Angeles Auto Show starting on November 16th.

 |  Sep 12 2011, 10:30 PM

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Ford is giving racing enthusiasts a new Focus race car option with their ST-R that debuted at Frankfurt Motor Show. The Focus ST-R race car will feature a powerful 2.0L EcoBoost engine, FIA regulation roll cage, upgraded brakes and track-tuned suspension.

The race-tweaked, production-based ST-R was crafted by the engineers at Ford Racing and will be allowed to compete in a variety of racing series including Grand-Am ST, World Challenge TC and Canadian Touring Car Series. Ford also hopes that teams will pick up the ST-R and use it at notable race events such as the 24 Hours of Nurburgring.

Initially created for American and Canadian touring car racing, the ST-R is available for order from Ford dealers in North America for all race car enthusiasts from seasoned veterans to weekend amateurs.

Because the Focus ST-R is a production-based road race car, it features stock body panels and production parts where possible,” added Allison. “People who buy one will get will get a fully prepared race car that will only need communications equipment and the customer’s decals to go racing. We’ve already had significant interest in this vehicle from numerous established race teams.”

No pricing was announced from Ford’s official press release.

GALLERY: Ford Focus ST-R Race Car

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 |  Aug 31 2011, 5:30 PM

If ever there was a vehicle that people seem to have completely forgotten about, it’s the Lincoln Navigator.

Once a popular SUV that battled head on with the likes of the Cadillac Escalade, the Navigator has failed to win the affections of many buyers who in the luxury SUV segment.

The Navigator is still around, and according to some rumors, an updated Navigator will bow for the 2013 model year, with some styling tweaks, and a rather big mechanical change.

Yes, like most of Ford‘s vehicles, the Navigator will also gain an EcoBoost engine, possibly the same one found in the F-150 pick-up truck.

It is not known if the motor will be tweaked for the big Lincoln, but it has already impressed many auto journalists and buyers with its fuel-economy and power (365 hp, 420 lb-ft of torque).

Expect the new Navigator to arrive in showroom’s by sometime next year.

[Source: Left Lane News]

 |  Aug 15 2011, 8:00 PM

Ford ventured into dangerous territory five years ago, when they considered switching out the traditional V8 for a V6 powerplant. The two biggest issues surrounding the change was whether the V6 would have enough power, and whether the engine would be durable enough to compete with big boy V8′s. Doug Scott, manager of Ford’s truck marketing group said, “We knew there’s no replacement for displacement. That’s a very popular saying among full-sized pickup customers, which just shows their love for the V8 engine. We knew we had a marketing challenge”.

The Ford leaders approved the plan in 2006 to begin developing an EcoBoost engine that would be suitable for the F-150. The Ford engineers were eager to build a V6 engine that could top a V8 in performance, durability and fuel economy. Ford’s chief engineer of the F-150 at the time was Eric Kuehn, who recals making many of the engine parts by hand. After months of trial and error testing, Ford put together a high-performance turbocharged EcoBoost V6 that had an immense amount of power, torque and would return very good fuel economy. The EcoBoost V6 produces 365-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque with a maximum payload of 3,060 lbs. The pickup also achieves 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.

Ford had amazing initial success selling the F-150 EcoBoost and in May, June and July and the sales have only increased. The American automaker sold forty-one percent of its F-150′s with the EcoBoost engine and 15 percent of the trucks were sold with the base 3.7-liter V6, according to Ford.

Two things have helped Ford’s V6 gain ground this year, analysts say. One was the spoke this spring in fuel prices to $4 a gallon. The other was Ford’s success in building consumer recognition of the EcoBoost name, according to J.D Powers.

Martin Gubbels, owner of Big Sky Ford-Lincoln in Torrington, Wyoming stated that he has become a believer in the EcoBoost engine. “A redneck will buy an EcoBoost when they’re told by a knowledgeable salespoerson that this thing has more horesepower, torque and better fuel economy than a V8. They’ll buy it.”

[Source: Automotive News]

 |  Aug 08 2011, 12:32 PM

Ford recently announced that the four-cylinder Ecoboost powered Edge achieves  21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with the Ecoboost option, an improvement over the 3.5-liter V6 which gets 19 mpg city and 27 highway.

The turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder produces 240-hp and 270 lb-ft of torque,  down 45-hp from the V6 model, but up 17 lb-ft. The Ecoboost engine will be mated to a unique six-speed automatic transmission and the vehicle also features active grille shutters that close at higher speeds to improve aerodynamics. Pricing has not been finalized, but the EcoBoost costs $995 above the 3.5-liter V6 on the Explorer, and the same numbers are expected to carryover for Edge pricing.

 |  Aug 08 2011, 11:00 AM

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Ford is confident customers will pay for improved fuel economy, announcing the new EcoBoost-equipped Explorer model will cost $995 above the 3.5-liter V6. Models will start at $19,990 and jump to $39,560 for a full-zoot Limited model.

Powering the EcoBoost model will be a turbocharged and direct-injection 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes a total of 240-hp and 270 lb-ft of torque; that’s down 50-hp from the V6 model, but up 15 lb-ft.

Fuel economy is the real factor here, however, with the EcoBoost model rated at 20-mpg city and 28-mpg highway, compares to 17/25-mpg for the V6 in front-drive trim. EcoBoost models will not be available in AWD.

Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2011 Ford Explorer review

 |  Jul 28 2011, 5:30 PM

Ford is about to launch an EcoBoost powered Explorer SUV. The new EcoBoost engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, with direct injection and a turbocharger and returns 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg highway.

The Ecoboost option will be limited to the front-wheel drive model only and have a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. The engine will produce 240-hp at 5,500 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm. The engine will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and only requires 87-octane at the pumps.  Ford said the Ecoboost Explorer will cost $995 more than the regular V6 model.

Ford is quite proud of this engine boasting that its technology bests the Honda Pilot and Jeep Grand Cherokee by five mpg highway, the Chevy Traverse by four mpg and the Toyota Highlander by 3 mpg. The EcoBoost Explorer is currently being launched, so expect to see models in the showroom very soon. Given Ford’s success with the Ecoboost F-150, and the 2011 Explorer’s strong sales numbers, the Explorer Ecoboost should be a hit.

 |  Jul 28 2011, 9:34 AM

At 20/28 MPG city and highway, Ford‘s Ecoboosted Explorer is the most efficient seven-passenger SUV on the market.

With 28 MPG on the highway that’s 3 more than a Highlander, 4 more than a Traverse, and 5 more than both the Highlander and Grand Cherokee. Not bad for a four-cylinder. Four pistons in an SUV, of course, still get the stigma of slowness, but the Explorer delivers 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the miracle of turbocharging, this is more torque than the 250 lb-ft found in the 3.5-liter V6.

And all on regular gas, too!

There are some drawbacks, however. Ford is saving the 2.0-liter Ecoboost for just the front-wheel-drive model. With that combination, towing capacity drops from 1979 Continental to Miata levels, or 5,000 to 2,000 lbs. And above all, the Boosted Explorer will feature a price premium of $995 over the V6, in a reversal of cylinder count posturing.

Will consumers accept the higher price and lower towing for better mileage? Either way, it’s nice to have the option.

Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2011 Ford Explorer Review or hit the jump to watch our video review:

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 |  Jul 18 2011, 3:50 PM

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While Ford has stopped short of confirming it, a recent article on Automotive News suggests that a Fiesta subcompact fitted with the company’s newest 1.0L Ecoboost 3-Cylinder engine is all but a done deal for North America.

Ford confirmed that the engine would make it to America in some capacity, and the motor is only capable of fitting in the Ka, Fiesta and Figo. Of those three, only the Fiesta is sold here, with the Ka meant for Europe and the Figo sold only in developing markets. No word on when the engine will come to market, or how much power it will make, but the engine is said be to producing around 120-horsepower, roughly the same as the Fiesta’s 1.0L 3-cylinder motor.

[Source: Automotive News]

 |  Jul 08 2011, 10:45 AM

For 2012, Lincoln has lowered the price of its not-so-successful EcoBoost MKT three-row crossover by $3,000. There are no equipment of styling changes for this model year, but Lincoln is hoping the lower price will make the car more desirable to consumers. For 2012, the MKT will no longer have the all-wheel drive model with the naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6. Instead, the AWD model with the 355-hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 will cost $46,295 with the price reduction.

The price will remain the same for the entry level front-wheel drive MKT with the non-turbocharged, 270-hp 3.7-liter V6 costing $44,300. The entry level model is rated at 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway for a combined fuel rating of 20 mpg. The EcoBoost model is rated at 16 mpg city, 23 highway for 18 mpg respectively.

 |  Jun 13 2011, 12:10 PM

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Ford is planning to blitz the auto-market for the first quarter of 2012. According to a source inside Ford, no less than eight all-new or refreshed models will start production for Q1.

Ford’s largest project is the all-new midsize Fusion/Mondeo, which is currently scheduled to start production in January. Ford hopes for a 50-percent sales improvement for the Fusion in North America, which may help it exceed the 30,000 units per-month sales mark. With a new Fusion comes a new Fusion Hybrid and Ford is targeting an impressive 47 to 48-mpg rating in the city.

Also coming is a new Escape, which is being replaced by the Ford Vertrek Concept, with production out of the Louisville, Kentucky plant. The C-Max Hybrid will also begin production later this year.

The 2013 Taurus, which debuted back at the New York Auto Show in April with a face lift and new base 4-cylinder engine, will also launch during the first quarter of 2012. The Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS and MKT will also gain face-lifts during the Q1 for a more modern look.

Ford will re-ignite the hot hatch segment in Q1 with a new Focus ST that will feature a 247-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

Both the Ford Taurus Police Interceptor and and Explorer “PI” will replace the Crown Victoria and the Lincoln MKT Town Car will replace the Lincoln Town Car.

Europe will gain the all-new B-Max and South America will gain the EcoSport. The B-Max will come equipped with the highly anticipated turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

By the end of 2012, the oldest vehicles in the Ford lineup will be the Ford Edge and the Lincoln MKX, which recently underwent major overhauls themselves

[Source: Ford Inside News]

 |  Jun 06 2011, 1:55 PM

Ford has officially confirmed that its new ultra-efficient smallest ever engine, a 1.0-liter three-cylinder Ecoboost unit will be placed in the new B-Max MPV.

Ford claims that its new 3 cylinder engine, ”delivers the same performance as a four-cylinder, but with much higher fuel economy and lower emissions”.

The three cylinder engine was developed by engineers at Ford’s Technical Centre in Essex and will likely be used in Ford’s small cars such as the Ka and Fiesta.

“No one has ever built a three-cylinder engine quite like this.It’s one of the most technically advanced and efficient engines we’ve ever designed,” Joe Bakaj, Ford’s global powertrain engineering chief said. “The new engine introduces many new technologies that could be part of the DNA of future Ford engines.”

Engineers “focused on improving thermal efficiency and reducing friction of the engine’s internal moving parts, especially during warm-up”, according to Ford, and the three-cylinder powerplant “introduces many new technologies that could be part of the DNA of future Ford engines”.

Along with Ford’s impressive new engine, the American automakers has confirmed it will begin production later in the year of a new electronic continuously variable transmission (e-CVT). This transmission will be designed specifically to be used in its hybrid vehicles.

[Source: AutoCar]

 |  Jun 02 2011, 1:15 PM

Today, Ford released details on its new fuel saving 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine and eight-speed automatic transmission to its powertrain lineup. The engine will have three cylinders and deliver performance expected from a larger four-cylinder while getting better fuel economy and achieving lower emissions.

The new three-cylinder engine will be available globally in the company’s smaller cars. The company is hoping this engine will play an important role in North America.

“Consumers are telling us they want to buy affordable vehicles that get many more miles per gallon,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development. “Our new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will give consumers looking for hybrid-like fuel economy a new, more affordable choice.”

The all-new 1.0-liter engine will feature an offset crankshaft to improve fuel economy, an advanced split cooling system allowing for faster cylinder block warm ups, saving fuel and an exhaust manifold cast into the cylinder head for a wider rpm band for optimal fuel-to-air ratio.

The all new eight-speed automatic transmission will feature Ford’s next-generation clutch controls, an input sensor, which enables faster selection of the proper gear, reducing hunting and helps for smoother shifts. As well, actuators will be built into the case for tighter, more precise control of hydrolic pressure and a closed-loop control.

“With our global family of EcoBoost engines, we’ve replaced V8s with V6s and V6s with four-cylinders – with no loss of performance and with impressive fuel economy improvements,” Kuzak said. “The new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will come in at the lower end of the global range and will take the place of a four-cylinder engine, again with no loss of performance or refinement. Above all, drivers win because this new engine is specifically designed and engineered for terrific fuel economy.”

This latest 1.0-liter engine as well as the eight-speed automatic transmission has further strengthened the company’s lineup of fuel-efficient vehicles. Ford now has four vehicles that exceed the 40 mpg mark.

“In the last five years, we have made a record investment in new powertrains and fuel-saving technologies,” said Kuzak. “Today, we have the freshest powertrain lineup in the industry. And there is plenty more coming.”

 

 |  May 04 2011, 7:33 AM

They said it couldn’t be done. They said a V6 would never belong in a Ford F-150, that most American of trucks with that most American of powerplants. But lo and behold, not only is the Ecoboosted V6 more fuel-efficient, but it’s comprised a significant percentage of F-150 sales already.

Ford sold a little over 45,000 trucks in April, and the two V6 models have accounted for half of those sales. There are two V6 models available: a 3.7-liter with 305 horsepower and 23-mpg, and a 3.5-liter Ecoboost model with 365 horsepower and 22-mpg. And the Ecoboost is the most popular, making up 75% of V6 truck sales.

Hey, just because you own a truck, doesn’t mean you have to go bankrupt from filling it up.

Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Review

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 |  Apr 28 2011, 8:03 AM

Ford has waged a public relations campaign to help promote its new EcoBoost F-150 pickup truck. The twin-turbocharged and direct-injection V6 engine might make excellent torque (and at diesel-like revs), but the Blue Oval knew it would face an uphill battle in convincing truck owners to down-size their engine – especially for something that’s relatively untested and fraught with the potential to be a disaster due to its complexity.

Holding driving clinics across North America to expose consumers to the new engine, Ford’s efforts appear to be paying off with the EcoBoost V6 model accounting for 35 percent of sales so far, Ford says. That number is on the rise too, with the most recent sales figures quoting a 40 percent take-rate for the six.

Similar in design to the EcoBoost V6 introduced in the Ford Taurus SHO, engineers will tell you its been entirely reworked. Peak power is rated at 365-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque with 90 percent of that power available from just 1700 rpm. By comparison, the new 5.0L V8 makes 380 lb-ft oat 4250 rpm, and the EcoBoost can tow up to 1,300 lbs more. It does, however, come at a $1,055 premium over the 5.0L.

Click here to Read AutoGuide’s 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Review