US automaker Ford has reached a new milestone in Romania, the 250,000th engine manufactured at the plant in Craiova, less than two years since production started here.
The 250,000th engine is a 1.5-litre EcoBoost manufactured for a US Ford Fusion and it rolled off the assembly line yesterday, March 19. This type of engine is the first one from Ford which has incorporated a computer-controlled clutch located on the belt-drive water pump, aimed at reducing warm-up time and so improve efficiency. The engine is also fitted with a water-cooled charge air cooler which helps the engine breathe better.
In May 2012 the US automaker started the 1.0-litre EcoBoost production in Craiova,Romania, and in April 2013 Ford added the 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine. The plant inCraiovacurrently has a daily production of 1,000 engines.
“We are very proud to achieve this great milestone for Craiova engine plant especially as our products reach customers all over the world,” said John Oldham, newly appointed Manager of Craiova Powertrains Operations.
“Craiova Engine Plant plays a very important role in Ford’s global engine manufacturing footprint by supporting the strong global demand for Ford’s fuel efficient and low CO2 emissions vehicles.”
On 21 March 2008 Ford officially took over Automobile Craiova – and as of May 2009, Ford acquired a majority 95.63% stake in the company. Ford Transit Connect, both the passenger carrying and van models, was Ford’s first model produced in Craiova