Ford has now built half a million EcoBoost turbocharged engines since it first launched the EcoBoost family in 2009. The milestone engine was installed in a 2013 Ford Escape built in Louisville, Kentucky. Of those 500,000 engines built so far, Ford says 389,000 have been sold in American-market vehicles.
EcoBoost engines combined direct fuel injection and turbocharging to increase performance while reducing fuel consumption. The first such model was the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO, which had a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6. That engine subsequently spread to other models including the Flex, the F-150 pickup, and Explorer. Ford also has launched 1.6- and 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engines, and announced yesterday that the 2014 Ford Fiesta will be available with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder.
Sales of vehicles with EcoBoost engines have taken off as Ford (and Lincoln) added more and more models with the powertrains. American-market Ford products currently available with EcoBoost engines comprise the Escape, Fusion, Focus ST, Edge, Explorer, F-150, Taurus, and Flex. Lincoln vehicles with equivalent EcoBoost engines comprise the MKS, MKT, and MKZ.
Next year, 90 percent of the Ford range will be offered with at least one EcoBoost engine. That will help Ford increase the fuel economy of all its products — the 1.0-liter Fiesta, for instance, is expected to achieve more than 40 mpg in EPA testing.
Ford is also ramping up sales of small EcoBoost engines in Europe. There, nearly 30 percent of buyers are already opting for the 1.0-liter three-cylinder in the Focus, and Ford expects to sell 300,000 copies of the teensy engine across Europe annually by 2015.