New York, New York – Ford’s new, fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine has been given a Breakthrough Award by Popular Mechanics, the only automaker to be so honoured this year.

The awards, now in their fifth year, recognize products and celebrate innovations poised to change the world, and the passionate, smart creators behind them, the magazine said. The award was accepted by Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development at Ford.

“From flying cars to robots to wind turbines for homes, the innovations honoured by the 2009 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards not only capture the imagination, they hold the potential to improve and even save lives,” said editor-in-chief James Meigs.

The EcoBoost engine uses turbocharging and direct gasoline injection to boost engine output, reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency by as much as 20 per cent. By 2013, more than 90 per cent of Ford’s North American lineup will be available with the technology.

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