Ford Focus hits 5 million Production Milestone
- Focus 1.0-liter becomes 5-millionth EcoBoost®-equipped vehicle built by Ford
- Ford now producing more than 200,000 EcoBoost engines per month worldwide
- Ford Fusion, Escape and F-150 are the best-selling turbocharged midsize car, utility and truck sold in the United States
Ford of America has hit a new production milestone with its fuel-efficient EcoBoost® engine technology when the 5-millionth vehicle with a Ford EcoBoost engine rolled off the assembly line at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.
Just less than three years ago Ford celebrated its 500,000th EcoBoost-equipped vehicle. Now, a Ford Focus equipped with 1.0-liter turbocharged engine represents the 5-millionth Ford EcoBoost engine produced.
EcoBoost was launched in 2009.
The 2-millionth EcoBoost engine rolled off the line at Louisville in October 2013.
Production of the 5-millionth EcoBoost-equipped vehicle coincides with the first full year in which customers can choose EcoBoost-equipped engines on each and every model in the Ford passenger line-up in the United States. The fuel-saving technology is now available in every region the company serves, including South Africa.
This most recent production milestone constitutes another step forward in the One Ford plan to drive innovation across the company's global product portfolio, and continues to deliver on Ford's commitment in its Blueprint for Sustainability.
The 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost is a multiple award-winning engine, earning Engine Technology International's International Engine of the Year honours three years in a row. No other automaker has won the award three straight years. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost has also earned a Ward's 10 Best Engines nod two years running.
Other members of Ford's global EcoBoost family include the 1.5-liter, 1.6-liter, 2.0-liter and 2.3-liter four-cylinder engines, and the powerful 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter V6 engines.
The new 2015 Ford Focus exemplifies the frugal yet rewarding choice EcoBoost engine technology provides new car shoppers. In its most efficient configuration, the 2015 Focus SFE with 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine returns EPA-estimated fuel economy of 42 mpg highway. The new Focus offers a remarkable combination of features in its class, including lane-keeping system, active park assist and standard rear-view camera.
Focus ST, with its 252-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost, has a top speed of 154 mph, yet still returns EPA-estimated fuel economy of 32 mpg highway.
Earlier this month, Ford debuted its newest EcoBoost overachiever at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The 2016 Ford Focus RS, a global all-wheel-drive performance car equipped with 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine technology, is projected to produce more than 315 horsepower from only four cylinders. This high-performance hatch promises thrilling performance and unbridled driving enjoyment for enthusiasts worldwide, including North American customers for the first time.
Production of Focus RS with the 2.3-litre EcoBoost is planned to begin later this year.
EcoBoost engines currently feature in 51 percent of Ford's product line-up in South Africa, with the latest recipient being the new Focus range (which launches in SA at the end of March).