Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine wins 'Breakthrough Award'

Two in a row for the American carmaker
Oct 6, 2012
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Ford, it seems, is making a habit of winning one of the 10 Breakthrough Awards given by Popular Mechanics every year. In 2011, its rear inflatable seatbelt bagged the award; this year, it's the American carmaker's 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

Besides being one of the smallest-displacement engines Ford has ever built, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is also Ford's first three-cylinder engine. And yet it isn't short on power as it puts out up to 123hp, accelerates impressively, and, according to Ford, is one of the smoothest and quietest engines in its lineup globally.

Popular Mechanics' Breakthrough Award is just one of the many accolades that Ford has received for its 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine this year. Last June, it was named the International Engine of the Year by the International Engine of the Year Awards and, under the hood of three Ford Focuses, set 16 Federation Internationale de l’Automobile-accredited world speed records.

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Though currently available only in Europe, Ford plans to offer the engine globally in the future.

"We placed the bar incredibly high when we set out to design this engine," said Ford vice president for global powertrain Joe Bakaj. "We wanted to deliver eye-popping fuel economy, surprising performance, quietness and refinement--and all from a very small three-cylinder engine. The team responded to this seemingly impossible challenge with some really exciting innovation. We are thrilled Popular Mechanics has recognized the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine for a Breakthrough Award."

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