Cleveland, Ohio – Ford has started production of its fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines at its plant in Cleveland, Ohio. Ford invested US$55 million to retool and reopen the plant, which had been idled in 2007. Approximately 250 employees are returning to the plant to build the new engines.

EcoBoost technology combines turbocharging and direct gasoline injection to deliver up to 20 per cent better fuel economy, 15 per cent fewer CO2 emissions, and driving performance comparable with larger-displacement engines.

“This launch of the first EcoBoost engine is a significant milestone in Ford’s overall commitment to deliver affordable fuel efficiency for millions,” said Barb Samardzich, vice-president of global powertrain engineering. “We’ve spent the past two years developing EcoBoost technology and now our customers will finally have the opportunity to experience what this engine delivers, the power of a V8 with the fuel economy of a V6.”

The 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine, the first V6 direct-injection twin-turbocharged engine produced in North America, will make its debut in the 2010 Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKT, Ford Taurus SHO and Ford Flex this summer. The engine delivers 355 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque across a broad r.p.m. range. A V6 EcoBoost engine will be available for the F-150 in 2010.

Ford will deliver EcoBoost across the full range of its product portfolio, from small cars to large trucks, and by 2013 will offer V6 and I4 EcoBoost engines on 90 per cent of its North American nameplates. Within three years, the company expects to deliver 750,000 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles each year in North America, and 1.3 million vehicles globally.

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