Ford goes Ecoboost crazy
Ford reckons that petrol engines are going to win market share back from diesel engines, and is planning to triple production of Ecoboost petrol engines to meet demand.
The amazing new 1.0 Ecoboost will take the lion's share of the increased output, with the engine replacing most versions of the conventional 1.6 litre petrol engine in the Focus. It will also go into the B-Max small MPV later this year and the Fiesta in 2013.
Ford reckons that Ecoboost engines, which broadly halve the fuel economy difference between a conventional petrol engine and a diesel, will take an increasing share of sales. The purchase cost of a diesel will become so much higher than a petrol engine that most buyers of a Ford Focus will not be able to recoup the extra cost of a diesel engine via lower fuel consumption.