DEARBORN, Michigan – Ford is on track to sell more than 1 million vehicles with EcoBoost engines in the U.S. for the first time in a single year, as car shoppers snap up EcoBoost-powered versions of the Ford F-150 pickup truck, Ford Escape SUV and Ford Fusion midsize car.
The Dearborn automaker on Wednesday said sales of its fuel-efficient EcoBoost-powered vehicles are up 46 percent year-to-date.
“Ford EcoBoost delivers great performance along with the capability of impressive fuel efficiency,” said Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst, in a statement. “Ford leadership in clean gasoline turbocharged engine technology is paying dividends as evidenced by EcoBoost sales growth.”
EcoBoost technology bundles smaller engines with turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing.
Ford said EcoBoost accounts for 78 percent of Escape sales, 64 percent of F-150 sales and 43 percent for Fusion.
This is the first full year of sales for EcoBoost-equipped Ford Transit vans and Mustangs. A Lincoln-exclusive EcoBoost 3.0-liter V6 engine will debut in 2016.
The Mustang is a good example of the effectiveness of Ford’s EcoBoost 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. It delivers 32 mpg on the highway and 310 horsepower.
Other automakers are jumping on the downsized-engine bandwagon.
The 2016 Honda Civic sedan is available with a new turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 174 hp and 162 pound-feet of torque.
Edmunds says: Buyers are embracing Ford’s EcoBoost engine family, something that you may want to consider if you want power and fuel economy.