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Ford Celebrates Building 5 Million EcoBoost Turbo Engines

Milestone engine was a 1.0-liter built in Michigan.

Ford announced that it has built its five-millionth vehicle with an EcoBoost turbocharged engine, with the completion of a 1.0-liter EcoBoost-equipped Ford Focus in Wayne, Michigan. Ford launched the EcoBoost engine family in 2009 and built its first 500,000 EcoBoost engines by 2012, and has sold 4.5 million EcoBoost engines since then. The 2 millionth EcoBoost engine was assembled in October 2013.

The EcoBoost lineup is Ford's take on downsizing engines to produce efficient powertrains without a loss of performance. All EcoBoost powertrains are equipped with direct fuel injection and a turbocharger, which boosts efficiency by recycling exhaust gasses to boost the amount of intake air and increase power output. Because the engines can have a smaller displacement, they tend to use less fuel when idling or cruising.

As of this year, every car in Ford's U.S. lineup is available with an EcoBoost engine, from the small Fiesta and Focus, to the sporty Mustang, all the way up to the Ford Explorer crossover and F-150 pickup truck. Every Lincoln model is also offered with an EcoBoost mill. In more recent years, EcoBoost has also become somewhat of a byword for performance, with the new Ford F-150 Raptor, Focus ST and Focus RS, Fiesta ST, and the mighty Ford GT halo car that debuted at the 2015 Detroit auto show all packing turbocharged engines. The 2015 Ford Mustang no doubt contributed in part to the surge of EcoBoost powertrain production, as the 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine found in the 2015 Mustang EcoBoost is the first four-cylinder engine Mustang since 1993, and the first turbocharged Mustang engine since the discontinuation of the SVO Mustang in 1986.