The next Ford to receive the carmakers EcoBoost 2-litre 4-cylinder engine will be the Ford Edge crossover. This move is expected to improve fuel economy to 30 miles per gallon.
The engine produces 270lb/ft of torque and 240hp at a relatively low 3,000rpm. Responsiveness has been improved and fuel economy has been enhanced by the introduction of dual independent variable camshaft timing.
The engines efficiency is further improved by the use of special low-friction 5W-GF5 engine oil and a specially developed 6F35 6-speed automatic gearbox, which employs what Ford calls «active transmission warm-up to help eliminate internal friction while the powertrain nears its normal operating temperature.
The new Ford will also use active grille shutters for improved aerodynamics.
The EcoBoost engine range has so far worked extremely well for Ford. The company has built nearly 180,000 vehicles powered by this engine.
The technology is drawing large numbers of new customers to the brand. As an example, we can mention that over 50% of Taurus SHO buyers had never before owned a Ford. In the case of the Ford Flex, this percentage is even higher: 62% of buyers are new to the brand.
Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta remain Fords top selling models in the UK, while Ford Transit was their best-selling commercial vehicle so far this year.
The company managed to increase its market share in every sector in which it competed during July 2011. Fords total sales in July were nevertheless still 3.5% lower than in July 2010.
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