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Ford to expand EcoBoost vehicle production in 2012

ABR Staff Writer Published 27 January 2012

Ford Motor is planning to more than triple the production capacity of cars, utilities and trucks this year which use the fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines.

The automaker will expand its portfolio of fuel-efficient offerings with the new 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine in the Escape compact utility vehicle, Fusion sedan, five new electrified vehicles.

The firm will also introduce the auto start stop technology paired with the convenience of an automatic transmission.

Ford Group VP of sustainability, environment and safety engineering Sue Cischke said EcoBoost expansion and availability in high-volume nameplates such as the all-new Ford Escape and Fusion will take this affordable, fuel-saving technology to the heart of the market.

"Ford is committed to delivering class-leading fuel economy for our customers, which benefits the environment and helps the U.S. move toward greater energy independence," Cischke said.

EcoBoost uses smaller overall size combined with turbocharging and gasoline direct injection to bring customers the power they want and the fuel economy they need and it delivers up to 20% better fuel economy than conventional engines.

The automaker will debut its 2012 US Ecoboost engine in the Taurus full-size sedan, which will offer a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 237 hp and returns 31 mpg, as well as a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 on the Taurus SHO sport sedan, with 365 hp and an efficiency of 25 mpg (highway cycle).

By the end of this year the automaker wants to have at least nine models that offer and EPA rating of at least 40 mpg.

The automaker has recorded sales of 127,683 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles last year.