Ford of Europe says it expects to more than triple 2011’s EcoBoost sales by 2015, reports Automotive News. The automaker sold 141,000 vehicles powered by an EcoBoost engine in 2011 and aims to increase that number to 480,000 in 2015. The number of models available with an EcoBoost engine will double to 10 in the same timeframe, which should help the automaker achieve its goal.
The automaker’s new plant in Craiova, Romania has joined the Cologne, Germany plant for production of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine. Ford plans to build more than 800,000 1.0-liter EcoBoost engines between 2012 and 2015 to reach its goal of 1.3 million EcoBoost engines for Europe, including the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, during that time period.
The 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines are built in Bridgend, Wales and Valencia, Spain, respectively, for European and North American consumption. Ford of Europe also wants to increase the number of EcoBoost engines it builds for other markets. Last year, 90,000 Euro-built EcoBoost engines found homes in models sold in other markets; the automaker wants to increase the number of exports to 800,000 in 2015.
Both four-cylinder EcoBoost engines can be found under the hood of the 2013 Escape crossover and 2013 Fusion sedan on sale later this year. The 1.6-liter is also rumored for the Fiesta ST hatchback and mid-level engine for the Focus while the 2.0-liter EcoBoost will power the Focus ST hatchback and will be the new base engine in the 2013 Ford Taurus.
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