Bring On The Engines: Ford Expanding Powertrain, EcoBoost Options in China

Given that that the Chinese auto market is one of the largest in the world (and it’s still growing), it should be no surprise that Ford is gearing up to improve its product base there. But increasing sales isn’t Ford’s only goal: mirroring its efforts in other global markets, the American automaker says it is also wants to cut vehicle emissions and decrease fuel consumption. It aims to do this by launching a slate of 20 engines to the Chinese market, all scheduled to roll out in 15 new models due to launch within the next four years. All the while the automaker says it’s attempting to decrease fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by one-fifth. Considering that both fuel consumption and carbon emissions are concerns as more and more Chinese citizens buy cars, it’s probably a good idea. Ford didn’t release exact identities of every engine or model, but it did hint at some of the technologies that are making their way to Chinese shores. For starters, expect EcoBoost – which adds direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and turbocharging – to play a big part in the years to come. Ford has already confirmed that Chinese buyers will receive both the 1.0-liter three-cylinder and 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ecoboost engines sooner than later. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder makes about 240 horsepower in American configuration, and will go under the hood of the new Mondeo-Zhisheng sedan. In that configuration, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology expects it to achieve about 30 mpg per its own test schedule. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine, meanwhile, will make between 100 and 120 horsepower and will be offered with an as-yet-unnamed slate of small cars (we wouldn’t be surprised if it winds up in the Fiesta, as well). To better service future demand for this engine, Ford says it will build the 1.0-liter EcoBoost in China, potentially at a plant it shares with Mazda in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province. Alongside its EcoBoost models, Ford also expects to give Chinese buyers the option of six-speed automatic transmissions, namely the PowerShift dual-clutch gearbox as offered on the Fiesta and Focus models here in the States. All told, Ford expects to sell 1.5 million EcoBoost motors per year by 2013. Seeing the relative success the engine has had so far, we can’t say that goal is too unrealistic. Source: Ford

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"Ford also expects to give Chinese buyers the option of six-speed automatic transmissions, namely the PowerShift dual-clutch gearbox as offered on the Fiesta and Focus models here in the States." Please , send them over there, because these transmissions are what torpedo'd Ford's reliability rankings over here.

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