Ford EcoBoost: Engine of the Year arrives with EcoSport in India
Ford 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine has won the 2012 International Engine of the Year award, beating last year’s winner, Fiat 0.9 liter TwinAir while at the same time achieving the highest score ever with 401 points. It will arrive with the EcoSport SUV in India.
Another striking fact is that, this is the first time that the Blue Oval has won International Engine of the Year award, in its 13 year history. This minuscule three cylinder petrol engine has also won two other awards – Best New Engine and Best Engine under 1.0 liter, which were presented by Engine Technology International Magazine. It may be known that the Ford EcoBoost engine combines turbocharging direct fuel injecting with variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust.
This results in enhanced power of a much larger engine while fuel efficiency is comparable to a smaller unit. Fuel efficiency of the 1.0 liter EcoBoost stands at 4.8 liters/100 km (20.83) while auto emissions are at 109 g/km. This highly acclaimed engine is seen on the new Focus in Europe, which is the first vehicle to be fitted with a three cylinder 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine. The award was conferred back in June 2012, but the EcoBoost is going to make its grand entry in the Indian auto industry very soon, via EcoSport.
The engine was conferred with this prestigious award on the basis of votes cast by 76 journalists from across 35 countries. The engine is literally pocket-sized and fits on an A4 size paper. It was designed at the Ford Technical centers in Dunton, U.K., and Merkenich, Germany and built at the Ford plants in Craiova, Romania, and Cologne, Germany.