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2013 North American International Auto Show

 

 

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Ford EcoBoost Technology: Transitioning to Gasoline Fuel Efficiency

by Robert Powell
rpowell@powellassociates.com

 

 

DETROIT -- Ford 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.

As 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."

Four 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.

Ford 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.

By 2015, the company plans to offer an EcoBoost engine on 90 percent of its North American nameplates.

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