Ford Motor Corp., last week announced that the company will begin to export to Europe its 1.6 liter Sigma engine produced in Taubate, Sao Paulo state – Brazil.
The 100 percent aluminum engine will power the Ford Focus model in some European markets, as it is the case currently in Brazil and other countries of the American Continent.
Besides the Focus in Europe, the Brazilian plant is already providing this global family of engines to the New Fiesta sold in the United States and South America. The South-American Focus is also equipped with the Sigma engine.
First evolution of engines were sold as the “Zetec-SE” (although frequently badged as Zetec-S, not to be confused with the trim level). After the upgrade Ford renamed Sigma to Duratec.
Last upgrade of engine is named Duratec Ti-VCT. The engine was introduced in the mid-1990s and production continues through the present.
In Brazil, the US based automaker also build the Ford Galaxie, one of the few V8 cars ever produced in Brazil.
Ford do Brasil enjoys a stable market position, with an average market share of 12.5% it’s ranked 4th in Brazilian sales.