Europe: Ford builds 50,000 1.6-litre EcoBoost engines image

Ford introduced the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine in late 2010, and according to the automaker this new engine is in high demand. Ford is already celebrating building 50,000 of the engines at Bridgend in South Wales.

“Demand for the EcoBoost engine is at record levels and the plant is fully focused on increasing capacity to ensure we can support the ever-growing customer demand,” says Kieran Cahill, Bridgend Plant Manager.

Despite its relatively small capacity, the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine delivers good performance. The Focus can reach 62mph from a standstill in 7.9 seconds, achieve a top speed of 138mph and return an excellent combined fuel consumption of 47.1mpg – helped by Auto-Start-Stop, which is standard fit on all Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX 1.6-litre EcoBoost models.

Even in the larger Ford Galaxy, the 160PS engine achieves a combined 39.2mpg while still reaching 62mph in less than 10 seconds.

“Ford EcoBoost engines actually provide customers with many of the benefits offered by the latest diesels, including impressive torque at low engine speeds and reduced CO2 emissions,” says Graham Hoare, executive director Powertrain Development, Ford of Europe. “At the same time, these engines retain the free-revving driving character and cost advantage of a petrol unit – effectively giving customers the best of both worlds.”