Ford’s Engines Are Getting Smarter

Ford EcoBoost Engine

Ford’s 1.0-liter Ecoboost 3-cylinder engine was voted the International Engine of the Year Award.

Whenever we think of cars, what is it exactly that we are thinking about? Depending what you’re interested in it could be a well-sculpted design, the smooth feel of a tight turn, or a complicated combination of metal parts that culminate in combustible power. If you fall under the latter of the categories, Ford is making your experience even better with smarter engines. 

With the new 1.5 liter EcoBoost engine you’re looking at an aluminum-block, twin-cam engine with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing that includes an integrated exhaust manifold, a computer-controlled clutch on the belt-drive water pump, which further improves efficiency by reducing warm-up time, and a water-cooled charged air cooler, to offer a more efficient feed of air into the engine.

Ford is not only making powerful engines for the Ford Mustang, but are showcasing intelligent engines like the one that will debuting in the Fiesta later this year. These EcoBoost technologies create a 20 percent improvement in fuel efficiency and up to a 15 percent reduction in emissions—without sacrificing horsepower or torque. By the end of this year, EcoBoost technology will be available in 80 percent of Ford vehicles.

Along with the incredible technology coming from Ford’s Ecoboost engines, Ford has teamed up with General Motors to create new transmissions for their full lineup of vehicles. This new generation of advanced-technology nine- and ten-speed automatic transmissions will improve performance and increase fuel economy.

The collaboration will enable both companies to design, develop, engineer, test, validate and deliver these new transmissions faster and at lower cost than if each company worked independently.

Jim Lanzon, GM vice president of global transmission engineering, says:

“Engineering teams from GM and Ford have already started initial design work on these new transmissions. We expect these new transmissions to raise the standard of technology, performance and quality for our customers while helping drive fuel economy improvements into both companies’ future product portfolios.”

While it is a partnership, each company will be using their own control software so that each transmission is carefully matched to its unique vehicle DNA. This way you will still have a driving experience that is uniquely Ford.

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