Rising demand for the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has pushed Ford to expand production out of its Cologne, Germany engine plant, which will now be producing more than 1,000 engines per day. Looking at the first eight months of the year, models equipped with this engine accounted for a large share of overall sales, specifically the European-market Ford B-Max, which accounted for 44 percent of all vehicles ordered in traditional European markets.
In order to meet the rising demand, Ford added a second shift, which will increase production capacity from 100,000 to 165,000 engines by the end of 2013. However, there are plans to triple production of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine by 2015 for a total of 480,000 engines annually.
“The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has been an incredible success for us–both with customers and media–and demand is increasing as word spreads. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine combines the benefits people expect from a small engine, in terms of fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions, and the punch and power of a traditional 1.6-liter engine,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe, in a statement.
The automaker has also announced that it will be producing a new version of the Focus with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, hoping to make it the first non-hybrid to achieve 55 mpg. This new model is expected to go on sale in early 2014. Along with being built at the Cologne, Germany plant, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is also produced at Ford’s Craiova, Romania plant, which have both introduced a new manufacturing technique to reduce coolant required from two liters to five milliliters, reducing the environmental footprint that comes with manufacturing this engine.