April 2008

Ford’s EcoBoost promises savings where customers feel it most — at the pump

As America watches gasoline prices creeping toward the $4 per gallon mark, Ford Motor Company is offering a new family of engines that promise real-world savings at the pump.

The EcoBoost family of 4- and 6-cylinder engines uses turbocharging and direct injection technology to deliver better fuel economy and fewer emissions. More importantly, EcoBoost builds on todays affordable gasoline engines, allowing the technology to be applied across a wide range of vehicles types.

The Ford Explorer America concept showcases EcoBoost, along with other sustainability actions.

In 2009, Ford first will introduce EcoBoost on the Lincoln MKS featuring the power and torque of a V-8 engine with the fuel efficiency of a V-6.

More With Less

EcoBoost’s combination of direct injection and turbocharging mitigates the traditional disadvantages of downsizing and boosting 4- and 6-cylinder engines, giving customers both superior performance as well as fuel economy.

With direct injection, fuel is injected into each cylinder of an engine in small, precise amounts. Compared to conventional port injection, direct injection produces a cooler, denser charge, delivering higher fuel economy and performance.

Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 gives customers a fuel economy improvement of approximately 15 percent and emits up to 15 percent fewer CO2 emissions to the environment.

Explorer America

To help explain its vehicle sustainability strategy, Ford created the Explorer America concept that debuted at the 2008 North American International Auto Show.

The Explorer America concept aims to highlight a number of innovations tied to Ford’s systems approach, including:

  • A powertrain lineup that includes a 4-cylinder 2-liter engine with EcoBoost technology. Depending on engine selection, fuel-efficiency will improve by 20 to 30 percent versus today’s V-6 or V-8 Explorer.
  • A fuel-efficient 6-speed transmission with auto shift control, allowing the driver to select and hold a lower gear when conditions warrant it.
  • A weight reduction of 150 pounds for the V-6 version thanks to its downsized engine, as well as more lightweight materials, suspension and chassis components.
  • Fuel-saving electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) and other engine actions that deliver a fuel savings benefit of about 5 percent. Between 80 to 90 percent of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles will have EPAS by 2012.
  • Aerodynamic and other parasitic improvements that add up to a 5 percent fuel economy gain.