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Ford to Triple EcoBoost Vehicle Production Capacity in 2012


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  • Ford will offer fuel-efficient EcoBoost™ engines in 11 vehicles in 2012, up
    from seven in 2011, tripling the production capacity of EcoBoost-equipped Ford
    vehicles. Expanded availability in high-volume nameplates helps make fuel
    economy more affordable for hundreds of thousands of drivers
  • Delivering up to 20 percent better fuel economy than conventional engines,
    EcoBoost uses smaller overall size combined with turbocharging and gasoline
    direct injection to bring customers the power they want and the fuel economy
    they need
  • EcoBoost engines are a key element of the power of choice Ford offers buyers
    seeking fuel-efficient solutions. From EcoBoost to hybrids and from plug-in
    hybrids to full electric vehicles, this year Ford will offer nine vehicles
    reaching an anticipated 40 mpg or more
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 26, 2012 – Now that record
sales of 127,683 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles in 2011 are on the
books, Ford aims to more than triple production capacity of cars, utilities and
trucks using this fuel-efficient technology in 2012.

 

Ford will expand its portfolio of fuel-efficient offerings
this year withthe fuel-saving 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine in the high-volume
Escape compact utility vehicle and Fusion sedan nameplates, five new electrified
vehicles, as well as with the introduction of auto start stop technology paired
with the convenience of an automatic transmission.

 

“EcoBoost expansion and availability in high-volume
nameplates such as the all-new Ford Escape and Fusion will take this affordable,
fuel-saving technology to the heart of the market,” said Ford Group Vice
President of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering Sue Cischke.
“Ford is committed to delivering class-leading fuel economy for our
customers, which benefits the environment and helps the U.S. move toward greater
energy independence.”

 

The full-size Taurus sedan becomes the first Ford vehicle to
offer customers a choice between two EcoBoost engines. It will offer a 2.0-liter
EcoBoost four-cylinder making an estimated 237 horsepower and giving customers
up to an anticipated class-leading 31 mpg, while the iconic Taurus SHO sport
sedan features a 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6
delivering 25 mpg highway.

 

The green and mean Focus ST arrives this year as a
high-performance – yet fuel-efficient – sport compact EcoBoost
application.

 

Additionally, Ford offers an EcoBoost-powered Police
Interceptor for 2012. It is the first-ever turbocharged law-enforcement vehicle
offering.

 

Ford’s lineup of fuel-efficient cars, trucks, SUVs and
crossovers underscores the company’s commitment to continually improve fuel
economy.

 

By the end of 2012, nine Ford models will deliver or are
anticipated to deliver an EPA-certified 40 mpg highway or higher, with still
more fuel-efficient vehicles on the way.

 

Of the 11 market segments in which Ford competes, the
company leads in fuel economy customer satisfaction in six, according to the
latest J.D. Power and Associates APEAL study, a third-party measure of buyer
attitudes concerning recent vehicle purchases.

 

These findings show Ford customers are pleased with their
fuel economy, and that their new Ford vehicle delivers the EPA-rated estimates
in regular use.

 

The power of choice

Ford’s top-selling F-150 pickup provides another example of
how the company is meeting its promise to lead or be among the leaders in fuel
economy.

 

In 2010, all F-150 trucks sold featured a V8 engine. Just
one year later, 56 percent of 2011 F-150 customers bought pickups with a
fuel-saving V6, either the base 305-horsepower 3.7-liter or the award-winning
365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost. These engines are EPA-certified at 23 mpg and
22 mpg highway, respectively, and deliver both leading fuel economy and
capability.

 

Ford’s electrified vehicle portfolio expands this year with
the introductions of the new C-MAX Hybrid, C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, Fusion
Hybrid, Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid and Focus Electric battery electric
vehicle.
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