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Ford’s Small but Mighty 1.0-litre EcoBoost Engine Wins Top German Award for Technical Innovation

Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has won the prestigious International Paul Pietsch Award 2013 for technological innovation at the Auto Motor und Sport Best Cars Awards.

This newest award is the fifth that Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has won globally since launching in spring 2012, including; the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club in Great Britain, a Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics magazine in the U.S and 2012 International Engine of The Year from Engine Technology International – won by the largest voting margin in the award‘s history.

The International Paul Pietsch Award has been presented annually for 24 years and is chosen by a jury of 30 Motorpresse Stuttgart Group editors-in-chief from 22 countries worldwide. Ford’s groundbreaking EcoBoost engine was picked from a shortlist of 12 innovations and was praised for its class-leading fuel economy and emissions.

“This award goes to a technology that has made such an impact in the automotive world. The Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine makes a real difference; it performs well, is great to drive, uses a very modern and light construction and it represents green technology,” said Bernd Ostmann, Auto Motor und Sport publisher, at the award ceremony in Stuttgart.

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost is unlike any engine in Ford’s history. Not only is it the company’s first three-cylinder engine, but it debuts many new technologies never before seen in a Ford vehicle. These include an integrated exhaust manifold, variable oil pump, a split cooling system, an offset crankshaft and a small, highly-responsive turbocharger that spins up to 248,000 rpm.

The result of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine’s advanced design is a quiet, smooth-running engine that develops roughly the same output as a traditional 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. Thanks to its high-tech, low-friction design, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost is able to deliver class-leading fuel economy of 4.8 l/100km (58.9 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 109g/km in the 100 PS version of the Ford Focus*.

"We are very proud that we have won this prestigious award recognising Ford’s commitment to sustainability,” said Bernhard Mattes, chairman of Ford of Germany, accepting the award. “Sustainability is a cornerstone of our business strategy and the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is an excellent example of affordable technology combined with high customer value and represents Ford’s promise to Go Further."

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost is the junior member of Ford’s growing global family of EcoBoost engines, which includes 1.6- and 2.0-litre four-cylinder, and two 3.5-litre V6 variants. Ford’s award-winning EcoBoost technology combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing to enable a downsized engine to reduce consumption by up to 20 percent over larger engines with no loss of performance.

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is currently available in Europe in Fiesta, B-MAX, Focus and C-MAX models. 72,000 1.0-litre EcoBoost equipped Ford vehicles have been sold in Europe to-date, with 40 per cent of new Fiesta and B-MAX customers opting for the engine.

Ford last year confirmed that the 1.0-litre EcoBoost will make its North American debut in the new Ford Fiesta; equipped with the engine Fiesta is expected to be certified as the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car in the U.S.

The multi-award-winning engine is also to be available in the all-new Mondeo in Europe and the EcoSport SUV that will be sold in Asia and South America. Built at Ford engine plants in Cologne, Germany and Craiova, Romania the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine will be available in most of the global markets served by Ford.

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* The stated fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are measured according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 as last amended. The results may differ from fuel economy figures in other regions of the world due to the different drive cycles and regulations used in those markets.