The automaker has yet again triumphed with its 1,0-litre EcoBoost engine. This engine has consistently performed well and remains a firm international favourite with consumers.
At this year’s International Engine of the Year Awards, Ford waked away with its sixth consecutive win for “Best Engine Under 1,0-litre”. This superstar has now won 10 International Engine of the Year awards. The engine also keeps a strong foothold as the overall winner, with three record wins.
What sets the 1,0-litre EcoBoost engine apart?
This highly economical, yet powerful three-cylinder engine was first introduced in 2012. What set it apart from the get-go was its incredible fuel economy and ability to truly punch above its weight.
“Our 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has been a game-changer, setting the benchmark for compact, fuel-efficient engines with sophisticated EcoBoost turbocharging, direct fuel injection and Twin-Independent Variable Camshaft Timing technologies,” says Joe Bakaj, the vice president of Product Development, Ford of Europe. “Even with 10 International Engine of the Year awards under our belt, we’re still finding ways to push back the boundaries of powertrain engineering, and deliver even more benefit to our customers from this acclaimed small engine.”
Ford still rocks South Africa
The automaker still dominates the South African passenger vehicle market by maintaining a firm market share of over 10 per cent, according to the latest figures from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa. The Fiesta and the EcoBoost are consistently in the top ten selling passenger cars. And the EcoBoost engine featuring prominently among these sales.
The winning recipe
Internationally the engine is available in various vehicles, including the Fiesta, B-Max, Focus, C-Max, Grand C-Max, Mondeo and EcoSport. It was nominated as the best by a panel of 58 automotive journalists, from 31 countries.
“The baby Ford EcoBoost engine is still the best 1,0-litre, three-cylinder design around, despite newer powertrains arriving on the scene,” said Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the 19th International Engine of the Year awards. “Even more impressive is that it is the first-ever powertrain to secure its class title every year it has been nominated.”
The head of advanced engine engineering team for Ford of Europe, Carsten Weber, shares some insights about Ford’s consecutive wins:
Expect more from Ford
The company announced from early next year its 1,0-litre EcoBoost engine will feature cylinder deactivation technology. The engine will now automatically stop one of the cylinders whenever full capacity isn’t needed. With this technology Ford hopes it will further reduce their customers’ running costs.