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Ford to upgrade entire powertrain portfolio in China

ABR Staff Writer Published 22 November 2011

Ford is planning to upgrade its entire powertrain portfolio in China by unveiling 20 new engines and transmissions to support its plan to introduce 15 new vehicles to China by 2015.

The new fuel-efficient technologies, which includes turbocharging, direct injection, twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) and six-speed transmissions will deliver over 20% in fuel economy improvement to Ford's passenger vehicle fleet in China by 2015.

The automaker will also produce its new 1.0-litre EcoBoost direct-injection turbocharging gasoline engine in China for application in future vehicles produced and sold in the market.

By 2013, the carmaker plans to produce 1.5 million EcoBoost engines per year worldwide, with nearly 80% of its vehicles using the EcoBoost technology.

Ford Asia Pacific and Africa vice president of product development Kumar Galhotra said the company is committed to be a fuel economy leader in every segment that we compete by utilizing advanced powertrain technologies.

"These technologies represent a core part of our near-term sustainability goals in China," Galhotra said.

"Earlier this year at the Shanghai Auto Show, Ford announced a plan to introduce 15 new vehicles to China by 2015.

"All these new vehicles will launch with the latest Ford-developed powertrains which will improve fuel economy and lower carbon dioxide emissions, offering our customers a more environment-friendly ride without compromising vehicle performance."

The company will introduce an advanced non-turbocharged engine in China that combines the technology of gasoline direct injection technology (GDI) and Ti-VCT to offer vehicles with more dynamic performance and better fuel efficiency.

As part of the automaker's powertrain upgrade, it plans to replace the current four-speed automatic transmission with advanced six-speed transmissions which will not only provide smoother gear shifts but also improved fuel economy.