DETROIT, April 11 Ford Motor Co announced
on Thursday that it will introduce this month a 1.5-liter
version of its turbo-charged "EcoBoost" engine.
The new four-cylinder version will first be included in a
the Mondeo sedan to be sold in China.
The smaller EcoBoost engine in the Mondeo will allow Chinese
consumers to be eligible for a tax break when purchasing the
car, said Raj Nair, head of product development for Ford.
Ford in 2009 introduced EcoBoost, which allows smaller
engines to have the power of larger ones while cutting fuel use
through turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve
The Mondeo with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine will be
introduced at an auto show in Shanghai later this month.
Ford has sold 600,000 vehicles with the EcoBoost engine
since it was introduced in 2009 in a 3.5-liter engine. A 2-liter
engine arrived in 2010, a 1.6-liter engine in 2011 and a 1-liter
engine in 2012.
By the end of 2013, there will be about 1.2 million Fords
with EcoBoost engines on roads around the world.
Ford now makes the engines at six plants around the world,
compared with two plants three years ago. By the end of the
year, it will have the capacity to produce 1.6 million of these
The first 1.5-liter versions will be made at Ford's engine
plant in Romania beginning this month, said Joe Bakaj, head of
powertrain engineering for Ford.
The first U.S.-version of the new 1.5-liter four-cylinder
engine will be available later this year in the 2014 Fusion
sedan. The Fusion is the North American version of the Mondeo.
It will then be used in the Mondeo in Europe.