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Ford starts production of 1.0-litre ecoboost engine

ABR Staff Writer Published 11 November 2011

Ford Motor has started production of its smallest petrol engine, a 1.0-litre, turbocharged, direct injection EcoBoost engine at the Cologne Engine Plant, US.

The new 1.0-litre engine will be debuted in the European Ford Focus in early 2012 and ultimately be available worldwide.

The turbocharged, direct injection engine delivers the combinations of 125PS with 114g/km CO2 and 100PS with 109g/km CO2 in the Ford Focus.

The new turbocharged engine will be built at a new EUR134m ($200m) facility in Cologne, it has 870 employees and will build up to 350,000 units per annum.

The new engine is designed to deliver the performance of a 1.6-liter I-4, while netting higher fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.

The engine also will feature in the Ford C-MAX, and in the new Ford B-MAX, which will enter into production in 2012.

The European-designed engine also will be built in Craiova, Romania, from early 2012, bringing total European production capacity to a potential 700,000 units per annum in the years ahead, with an expected annual worldwide production of up to 1.3 million engines.

Ford of Europe chairman and CEO Stephen Odell said the new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is a true collaboration from start to finish with expertise from Ford specialists across Europe leveraged in designing both the engine and the cutting-edge facility in which it will be produced.

"This will be reflected in the class-leading European CO2 emissions of the new 1.0-litre EcoBoost Ford Focus when it debuts in early 2012; low emissions that will be achieved alongside the spirited and refined performance that customers expect from Ford," Odell said.