Earlier this week, Ford surpassed the 2 million mark for total global production of its highly efficient EcoBoost engine lineup when a 2014 Ford Escape fitted with a 2.0-liter example rolled off the production line in Louisville, Kentucky. Introduced in 2009, the automaker's family of gasoline-powered EcoBoost motivators quickly found favor with buyers by delivering up to 20 percent better fuel economy than conventional engines. Here in North America, Ford says that 90 percent of all Escapes, 50 percent of all Fusions and 42 percent of all F-150 pickups sold today are fitted with EcoBoost engines. The Ford Explorer, Edge, Flex and Taurus as well as the Lincoln MKS and MKT can be had with EcoBoost power, and by 2015 Ford plans to increase EcoBoost availability here to include 95 percent of its existing fleet.
The EcoBoost formula relies on turbocharging, variable valve timing and direct fuel injection to make a smaller displacement engine deliver the power of a larger one while still retaining superior mpg numbers. Currently offered in a variety of single-turbo configurations including a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder and 1.5-liter/1.6-liter/2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines, the range-topping EcoBoost is a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6.
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