Ford EcoBoost engine takes top award

Ford Focus EcoBoost
5 Jun, 2013 3:00pm Jack Rix

The Ford 1.0 EcoBoost engine has scooped the International Engine of the Year award for the second year in a row

The small but powerful Ford 1.0 EcoBoost engine has retained its crown at the 2013 International Engine of the Year Awards. The three-cylinder engine, which is currently fitted to the Focus, Fiesta, B-MAX, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX was picked by a panel of 87 automotive journalists from 35 countries around the world, and achieved the highest overall score in the 15-year history of the awards.

Former winners of the prestigious gong - which grades engines for driveability, performance, economy and refinement - include the Fiat 0.9 TwinAir unit and Mazda’s 1.3 rotary engine from the RX-8. Ford is only the third manufacturer to win the trophy two years in a row.

Designed and engineered at Ford’s R&D centres in Dunton and Dagenham, but assembled in Cologne, the 1.0 EcoBoost has been a runaway success since it was first fitted to the Focus last year. And in response to swelling demand, production will be doubled, beginning in mid-August, to more than 1,000 engines a day.

Producing up to 123bhp and returning as much as 65.7mpg (in the Fiesta), the 1.0 EcoBoost is crucial to Ford’s expansion plans. It’s aiming to sell 480,000 EcoBoost engines by 2015, 300,000 of which will be the 1.0 EcoBoost.

To achieve these numbers it will eventually be fitted to the new Mondeo and EcoSport crossover, as well as commercial vehicles such as the transit Connect and Courier.

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Fine, so Ford wins with an engine that provides great efficiency on paper but drops the ball once it is put into a car and driven in the real world. Just where is the excellent diesel engine available in the Mazda 6, with actual new approach (lower compression ratio) resulting in real gains without resorting to additives that all other companies are resorting to for the next level of standards in pollution control.

Theres a theme here, they seem to pick really thirsty engines, the twin air and regenesis engines are well known for their frugality.

Work colleague only see's 40mpg out of her 123 ecoboost fiesta. Though it may be a bit slower, I get 45-50 without trying in the wifes 1.4 8V C3.

I have had 2 Focus zetec ecoboost 125's in the last 12 months. The first one barely managed 37mpg. The new one is even worse at less than 35mpg. This is over 21mpg lower than Fords official figures!

Hi, I don't think anyone knows how to drive a forced induction engine properly. I can get 37mpg around town, manufacturers figures, and up to 57mpg, more than manufacturers figures, on a run from my 1.6 ecoboost.

my 3rd gen focus, the facelifted model not the latest one was installed with a 1.6 tivct engine, at the time it was fords most advanced engine, could not get more then 31 mpg, even if i drove like a snail. One of the reasons that i sold it. Now i am getting 45 mpg easily from my 2.0 HDI engine :-)

Pretty much a con all round. HUGELY disappointed with 1 litre ecoboost MPG. Cannot get more than 37 MPG. Purchased it with its alleged frugality in mind. May have well kept with a normal petrol c max, with which I got a better (just) MPG. No benefits whatsoever