Over its lengthy history, Ford has managed to include a whole host of efficient, yet powerful and reliable, engines to power its wide range of vehicles.
Now, the historic motoring firm has announced that it is to add another to this impressive list, in the form of a 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine, which the company says will help meet demand for four-cylinder types.
Ford, it claims, will now have the ability to build 1.6 million EcoBoost engines a year, meaning that, by the end of 2013, six plants across Europe, Asia and North America will be producing them.
This is three-times the number seen in 2010 with production getting under way in Craiova, Romania, later this month.
Within the latest engine, there are plenty of technologies in place which enable improvements, both in terms of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, of up to 20 per cent.
Elsewhere within the 1.5-litre engine, there is EcoBoost turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing so as to improve fuel efficiency and make for higher levels of engine refinement, quietness and performance.
What's more, Ford will now be able to offer tax relief benefits to consumers and fleets around the world who purchase vehicles powered by engines of 1.5-litre capacity or less.
Joe Bakaj, vice president, Powertrain Engineering, Ford Motor Company, said EcoBoost had been a revolutionary moment for engines within modern motoring.
"Ford EcoBoost technology has changed the way people look at petrol engines and has enjoyed huge success with customers," he asserted.
"The new 1.5-litre unit further extends our EcoBoost promise of economical motoring in terms of both fuel efficiency and, in some markets, tax savings."
To date, Ford has sold more than 600,000 EcoBoost vehicles around the world, with the original being a 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost in 2009.
Prior to this latest engine, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost was launched last year, winning the 2012 International Engine of the Year award.
The 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine will be the first from Ford to include a computer-controlled clutch on the belt-drive water pump while it was also incorporate a water-cooled charge air cooler.
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