Ford to build new 1.5-litre petrol engine in Romania image

The U.S. based automaker, on Monday confirmed that it is starting to build a second engine at Craiova – Romania, a 1.5-litre petrol engine, which will go into volume production early next year.

Further details concerning the engine will be released at a later date, the company said.

The new engine plant is the result of an €180 million (about $235 million) investment by Ford. In total, Ford is investing more than €675 million (about $875 million) in engine and vehicle production in Romania.

The first Ford-built engine in Romania is the high-tech 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. Also built in Cologne, Germany, the turbo-charged, direct-injection three-pot is the smallest petrol engine built by Ford. It’s is currently being introduced across Europe in the Ford Focus (100 PS and 125 PS versions) and in the new B-MAX.

It will be made available in Ford models next year in the U.S, Asia Pacific and Africa. More than 4,700 customers ordered a Focus 1.0-L EcoBoost in the first month of sales across Europe. The orders accounted for nearly a quarter of all Focus cars ordered in Ford’s 19 traditional European markets.