Motor Company seemed to have the largest presence at the 2013 North
American International Auto Show in Detroit. The entire area was
somehow brightly lit with the deep blue of Ford's instantly recognizable
logo. Besides the ubiquitous logo, another emphasis that couldn't
be missed was the promotion of Ford's EcoBoost engine technology.
Ford's promotional materials say, "Even with advancements in
technology, the majority of vehicles worldwide--millions of vehicles--will
be gasoline powered. Ford's new EcoBoost gas-turbo-direct injection
engines can help provide up to 20% better fuel economy without sacrificing
power that drivers want."
examples of EcoBoost engines are shown in the figure to the left
at sizes of 1.0L, 1.6L, 2.0L and 3.5L, the smallest being a 3-cylinder
and the largest a 6-cylinder. As of this writing, these engines
can be found in Ford vehicles as small as the Focus or as large
as the F-150 pickup.
says that this technology can increase fuel efficiency by up to
20% and costs about $1,000. EcoBoost engines are now in 12 Ford
and Lincoln nameplates, the Focus ST, Fusion and Escape, Taurus,
Interceptor, Flex, Edge, Explorer and F-150, as well as the latest
Lincoln MKT and MKS models and the all-new Lincoln MKZ.
2015, the company plans to offer an EcoBoost engine on 90 percent
of its North American nameplates.
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