May 29, 2002
Ford and Mazda introduce global four cylinder engines
Dearborn, Michigan – Ford Motor Company and Mazda Motor Corporation are introducing an all-new global family of four-cylinder engines that with an improved level of performance, smooth operation, fuel economy and reduced emissions.
The new 16-valve I-4 engine can displace from 1.8 litres up to 2.3 litres using different bore and stroke combinations with potential for up to 100 different derivatives. The new I-4 engine will be built in four plants on three continents.
“Eventually we expect to build up to 1.5 million of the new I-4 engines annually, which will represent about 20 percent of our total engine production,” said Dave Szczupak, vice president of Powertrain Operations, Ford Motor Company. “These I-4 engines eventually will replace up to eight different Ford and Mazda families of four-cylinder engines globally.
“The new I-4 engine family gives us unmatched flexibility to meet and exceed consumer expectations across a broad range of products,” added Szczupak. “From the same basic architecture, we can build a quick-revving engine for sporty performance, or a larger-displacement version with enhanced torque suitable for our popular Ranger compact pickup – and we can do both in the same engine plant. This offers us tremendous efficiencies.”
Mazda engineers in Japan led the design of the new I-4, and a team of Ford experts from North America and Europe led the vehicle application engineering and development of manufacturing plans.
A variety of Ford and Mazda brand vehicles currently offer or will offer the new engine in both “east-west” and “north-south” configurations for front- and rear-drive applications, including:
- The Ford Mondeo in Europe with 1.8- and 2.0-litre versions, built at Ford’s Chihuahua Engine Plant in Mexico.
- The Ford Ranger pickup with a 135-horsepower 2.3-litre variant built at the Dearborn (Mich.) Engine Plant in the United States.
- The restyled Mazda MPV minivan – introduced in April and built at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant – was the first Mazda vehicle with the new engine.
- The all-new Mazda6 midsize sedan, sold in North America, Europe and Asia (as Atenza), offers three displacements: 1.8-litre, 2.0-litre and an advanced 2.3-litre with Mazda’s Sequential Valve Timing (S-VT), which improves performance efficiency.
- Many more products set to be introduced around the world over the next few years, such as Ford Escape hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV), to debut in late 2003.
The first engines were produced in Chihuahua, Mexico in the third quarter of 2000. The Dearborn Engine Plant began production of the 2.3-liter I-4 in the second quarter of 2001. Mazda’s Hiroshima, Japan plant launched I-4 production in January 2002. Valencia, Spain launches later this year for various European Ford applications.